A look back at 2018

2018 has been another fun filled year for the residents and staff at Ascot Care, here’s a look back over what has happened in the last 12 months.


Care homes such as Springfield Lodge, Castle View, The Lawns and Westoe Grange have all undergone refurbishments giving them new conservatories, some with salons, re-decorated rooms giving bright spaces for residents to relax and enjoy the day.

Residents throughout the year have been treated with entertainment, such as having music days, to play instruments, listen to professional singers, trips to the beach, tea dances, food and drink festivals, a visit to South Shields museum, the Discovery museum, Beamish, Alnwick Gardens and visits to our other care homes to socialise with other residents, along with our residents getting behind the England team during the World Cup earlier this year.  

Along with the entertainment, residents have been entering competitions and helping to raise money for charities.  Competitions included, best Guy Fawkes, best pumpkin for Halloween, Elf for Alzheimer’s, Memory Walks and many more.

Ascot Care also have been helping other charities throughout the year.  Gareth and Gavin Nesbit played in a charity golf day to raise money for the ‘Beefy Foundation’, founded by Ian Botham, helping young people with chronic illness.  We also held our very own charity golf day, played at Close House, raising money for ‘Hire a Hero’ helping those who have served in the forces getting back into employment.


Ascot Care have been nominated in many awards this year.  We were finalists in the ‘National Learning, Disability and Autism Awards 2018’.  Then we went on to receive through the Armed Forces Covenant, the Silver Award for ‘Employer Recognition Scheme’ for continuing to be a business that strives to help ex-servicemen and their families after leaving the forces.  Along with these awards we were nominated in several categories at the ‘Great British Care Awards’.

We are pleased to say for another year we have maintained our high standards in care and have received a rating in all our care homes of GOOD, awarded by the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Later in the year came Remembrance Sunday which is an important time of year for our residents and staff.  Local schools made displays of poppies and residents also created their very own masterpieces, which were put on display for the public to see.  Our residents were able to visit the ‘There but not there project’, watch the procession and attend the service of remembrance.

Christmas has been an entertaining time for all at Ascot Care.  Our care homes have been highly decorated giving a fun and happy atmosphere.  The residents have visited fairs, listened to choirs and watched pantomimes put on by the North East Production Company.  It has been fun to watch our residents taking part in Christmas Jumper competitions and seeing the hampers being awarded to the winners.  Also at this time of year, Ascot Care have helped raise money for ‘Mission Christmas, Cash for Kids’, helping underprivileged children in our region, have a safe and happy time and receive a present.

Again Ascot Care would like to thank everyone who has helped 2018 be so successful and wishes everyone a Happy New Year.

Ascot Care Raise Funds for ‘Mission Christmas, Cash for Kids’

Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s network of local charities.  Operating in 22 regions across the country, their mission is to provide sick and underprivileged children in our communities a better and brighter future, living life to the full and achieving their full potential.  The charity raises millions each year for children who may have suffered abuse, neglect or in need of extra care or guidance.

There are many fundraising events both on and off the air, which encourage many areas of the local community, from individuals to companies, to get on board and support in any way they can.

Ascot Care have been busy raising money for Cash for Kids along with generous donations and support from Durham University Rugby Club, and local businessmen Andrew Muat and Damian Wall played in a fundraising golf match. 

At this time of year, a Christmas gift may be all it takes to put a smile on a disadvantaged child’s face. As well as money raised by Ascot Care and its supporters for children in our area, a vast selection of fantastic toys have been bought and generously donated, which we hope will bring happiness and hope into their lives.

We would like to thank everyone involved from the Ascot Team and our supporting local businesses for their time, help and donations, in this important and worthwhile cause.

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Ascot Care Sponsors Golf Day for MND

On Friday 22nd September, Ascot Care was a proud sponsor of the 6th charity golf day in aid of MNDA at the Wilton Golf Club in Redcar, hosted by Jon Hinchliffe.

Motor Neurone Disease affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that sends messages to the muscles, causing them to weaken and stiffen. The golf day helped raise funds for the Cleveland branch of Butterwick Hospice, close to Ascot Care’s head office. The money raised will go towards Therapeutic treatments for both suffers and carers in Stockton, available every Friday.


Our Tribute to the Soldiers of Passchendaele

Yesterday, the Commonwealth paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of Passchendaele on the centenary of the day the battle started. At the special ceremony held at Tyne Cot cemetery in Belgium, Prince Charles, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May, lead the nationwide tributes to the 320,000 Allied forces lost during the 3 month long battle that ended in November 1917. The service saw poignant letters and stories read out of the soldiers who bravely fought, which brought home the true courage of all those who have served in the military back then and today.

Ascot Care and our incredible team members want to also reiterate the tribute to those lost during Passchendaele and add our own appreciation and gratitude by continuing to support military charities and helping military veterans in any way we can.

For several years now, we have been supporting and helping raise money for military charities, including 1820 Foundation who focus on helping ex-military personnel and their families financially, and Hire a Hero who help ex-military personnel move into employment, training, housing and care. Our ever popular Charity Golf Day is just one of the events we hold to raise awareness and funds and will be returning soon to Close House in Newcastle. 

We are very honoured to be fully committed to supporting The Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge from ourselves as a company and our team members within it to treat those who serve or have previously served in the military along with their families with fairness and respect. 

Recently, Ascot Care has begun work with two forces support officers and are helping them to get in touch with veterans born prior to 1950 (67 years of age and above) who may not know they are eligible to veteran badges, medal entitlement, as well as recognition and thanks. For their work in the military.

The support officers are also looking to help families to receive full-service records of loved ones who have previously served so they can celebrate and appreciate their courageous military careers.

Golfers Tee Off For Fourth Charity Golf Day

Our charity golf day was back and took centre stage last week on Friday 26th May, with golfing teams helping raise funds for military charities and dementia services.

This was our fourth annual golf day and was hosted in Newcastle at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 local golf teams joined for a good game across the 18 hole course, with picturesque views across River Tyne Valley. For the daring golfers, there was a prize of £10k, providing by us at Ascot Care, for anyone who could get a hole-in-one - but sadly, it wasn’t won. Maybe next time.

15 teams enjoyed the sunny weather at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall
Polo shirts, golf balls, corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcons game and of course, the Ascot Cup were all prizes to be won.

The winning team of the day consisted of Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles, who won British Master’s Polo shirts to wear on the course, a set of golf balls to match and corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcon’s game next season. Other competitions on the day were the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest to the Pin’, both won by Paul Cooper who won a golf polo shirt and a set of golf balls. But the real winners of the day were the charities we were raising money for to support ex-military personnel and those suffering from dementia.

Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles were the winning team of the day
Paul Cooper won both the Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin

One of these charities is 1820 Foundation, who are North East based and raise awareness for the ex-Armed Forces community through sports, endurance challenges, social functions and fun events. The funds raised support ex-military personnel. The charity have plenty of events coming up, including a Wine Tasting evening, Carry The Orphan Challenge and The Stretcher Carry coming next year.  These events are open to anyone and for further information visit www.1820foundation.com

We raised an amazing £3500 for 1820 Foundation and dementia charities
To celebrate, our team baked up a treat with a yummy cake

Due to the huge success of the previous Golf Days, we are planning on hosting our next golf day this September, and turning this day into a bi-annual event.
A very big congratulations goes out to all the winners of the Golf Day and to those who joined in and supported us.  We hope to see you all again in September.