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

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.

Memory Walk 2016

Memory Walk 2016

Raising awareness of dementia is something we at Ascot Care consider to be vital. As well as raising awareness, we support anything that helps raise money to fund research and support for those with dementia.

Memory Walk is a series of sponsored walks for all the family running throughout September. Last year over £3.9 million was raised to aid essential research on dementia, a disease which more than 225,000 people will develop in the UK this year.

We’d love for you to get involved so find your nearest Memory Walk here and sign up to walk.

If you’d be interested in joining an event in Darlington, please email

The equivalent of one person every three minutes develops dementia in the UK – please help this fantastic cause.

Tweet @AscotCareAgency with #MemoryWalk for updates on our own event!

It's officially World Ice Cream Month!

It's officially World Ice Cream Month!

As it’s Ice Cream Month why don’t you take someone you know with dementia out for an ice-cream? Or even better, find out where your local ice cream van delivers… Let the familiar jingle and the taste of a 99 bring back some very cherished memories...

Recent studies suggest that sensory stimulation can help decrease agitation and restlessness as well as improve sleep patterns of those suffering from various forms of dementia. These common symptoms can be found in most types of dementia and almost certainly in people with Alzheimer’s. Any type of sensory stimulation can provide a much needed quality of life boost for the patient or client as well as for the caregiver.

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Dementia News

Dementia News

It’s estimated that one in fourteen people over the age of 65 have dementia. The word dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking as well as problem-solving or language. The illness is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s or a series of strokes. This month’s newsletters will focus on dementia and different aspects of the disease.

Supporting People with Dementia to Remain in the Workplace

The Equality Act (2010) requires all employers to avoid discrimination and to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace. These adjustments ensure people with dementia are not at any disadvantage at their place of work. With more than 42,000 people aged under 65 suffering from dementia, there are certainly many whom still continue to work following diagnosis. We offer support to clients with dementia however we equally support and advise our own staff through their journeys with any illnesses or disabilities.

Recruiting Staff for Clients with Dementia

At Ascot Care Agency we pride ourselves on employing high-quality and well-trained staff. We are currently recruiting staff in the North East. We are recruiting in Darlington, Harrogate, Leyburn and Northallerton as well as surrounding areas. We are looking for potential candidates who have experience working with people with dementia and similar diseases. Should you wish to apply please email We are looking for caring, reliable and understanding staff.

dementia friends

Congratulations Julie!

Congratulations to Julie, Care Manager, at Ascot Care Agency. Julie became a Dementia Friend Champion in June. We’ll shortly be hosting some Group Information Sessions on Dementia Friends. Please email for more information on becoming a Dementia Friend.

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