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News

Happy 4th of July!

4 July 2019

Service user creating american themed arts and crafts

All around our services today, people are seeing stars – and stripes – as we mark American Independence Day.

Our Parkhead Resource Centre in Ashington is packing their day with all things USA as they hone their cookery skills by making blueberry muffins and enjoy a lunch of burger, fries and homemade coleslaw, followed by American-style cheesecake.

Members and guests at our Alan Shearer Activity Centre, meanwhile, are getting creative with the star spangled banner theme, producing some stunning artworks in red, white and blue to display around the Centre.

And residents enjoying their regular 'knit and natter' session with volunteer, Ellen, at St Catherine's Nursing Home in Newcastle, have included quite a few observations of their own about Independence Day and America.

The 4th July may not have created quite the carnival it does in the USA, but it seems everyone is making the most of the event.

Open day at our Care Homes

24 June 2019

National Care Home Open Day 2019

Come along and join in the fun as our care homes take part in National Care Home Open Day.

National Care Home Open Day is a great way for local communities to come together to develop better relationships. Why not come along and join us? We would love you to bring your family, your friends or anyone else you know.

At St Catherine's, our nursing home in Newcastle, we will be holding an Afternoon Tea at 2:30pm.

At Holy Cross, our nursing home in Sunderland, we will be holding a variety of activities and the fun starts at 10:00am and will run until 4:30pm so feel free to pop along anytime. We will be celebrating Mass at 11:15am.

Julie Thompson, Registered Manager for our two homes said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the fantastic work of our two homes. Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we are keen to dispel any myths and for people to come and have a look around and meet our tremendous staff and residents."

Our Care Home Open Day will take place on Friday 28 June 2019. If you are interested in coming along, email Julie at julie.thompson@stcuthbertscare.org.uk or you can ring her on numbers below.

St Catherine's: 0191 245 2400 Holy Cross: 0191 567 0862

Jeanne rekindles her love of cinema

14 June 2019

nursing home resident sat in a cinema smiling

When our activities co-ordinator at our Holy Cross nursing home found out that one of our residents loved Disney and going to the cinema, she jumped at the chance to grant a few wishes.

Checking out the local cinema listings, activities co-ordinator, Vicky, was thrilled when she found Disney's Aladdin was showing at a nearby cinema and resident, Jeanne, soon had a firm date with a plush cinema seat.

Accompanied by Vicky, Jeanne thoroughly enjoyed the film, savouring every rub of the lamp and appearance by the mischievous genie.

"It was great to see Jeanne enjoying the film," said Vicky. "The whole experience brought back lots of lovely memories of going to the Empire cinema with her late husband and recalling some of the movies they watched together.”

A day fit for a queen

10 June 2019

Our residents enjoy the royal occasion Residents living in our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland were filled with pride and jubilation whilst celebrating the Queen's official birthday and Trooping the Colour.

Our residents were up bright and early to watch the festivities on the home's wide screen TV, so they didn't miss a thing.

Then, tucking into to a special brunch prepared by our chef at Holy Cross, they waited in anticipation as the spectacular military parade got under way.

After the parade ground had fallen silent, residents and staff got together to enjoy a good old fashioned British street party and a monarchy quiz, which ended in a friendly, three-way tie. Memories of street parties and parties with families came flooding back as our residents sent their best wishes to Her Majesty.

A singalong and delicious afternoon tea of homemade cakes – including a stunning centrepiece cake with Union Jack icing made by carer, Irene – completed the right royal afternoon.

D-Day and birthdays make for a special afternoon

7 June 2019

Veterans commemorating D Day with nursing home residents whilst enjoying afternoon tea

Residents living in our St Catherine's Nursing Home in Newcastle were thrilled to be able to share their D-Day reminiscences with Veterans from the Armed Forces.

Veterans, Lesley, Ken, Gareth, David and John from the Armed Forces Geordie Breakfast Club, received a special invitation from our home and our residents to join them for afternoon tea to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day – and it made for a lovely, lively occasion.

There was admiration all round as the Veterans spoke of their wartime experiences and our residents swapped stories of their memories throughout the Second World War.

There was more than ample banter, too, and plenty to celebrate as residents, Win and Mary, were presented with special cakes to mark their birthdays.

"It was my 20th birthday on D-Day," recalled Mary, "and I didn't get any presents because everyone was busy with something else! I said I would remember that day for the rest of my life and, here I am at 95, and I still remember.

Meanwhile, residents in our Holy Cross Nursing Home in Sunderland shared poignant memories together as they watched the D-Day service on TV, live from the Bayeux Cemetery in Normandy.

A topical quiz and afternoon tea - featuring a very patriotic red, white and blue cake – completed their commemoration.

Memory day won’t soon be forgotten

28 May 2019

Holy Cross Care home Sunderland signer residents holding hands

Residents and Staff at Holy Cross Care Home in Sunderland were treated to a fantastic afternoon of entertainment to celebrate national memory day, an annual event that helps raise awareness of those affected by dementia.


Kayley Care, Vintage singer, entertained our residents with songs from favourites Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields as well as more upbeat tunes like twist & shout by the Beatles, which got more than a few feet tapping along.


To round off the afternoon residents and staff were spoilt for choice with a delicious array of refreshments, our chef specially prepared some delicious old fashioned treats such as carrot cake, Manchester tarts and traditional scones with lashings of clotted cream and jam.


“Bells were ringing and flags were waving throughout the afternoon.” said Vicky Hurst our Activities Co-ordinator, the amazing entertainment and the delicious refreshments made for “a lovely day to celebrate all of our happy memories.”

Plenty of pats for visiting pony

17 May 2019

Resident of Holy Cross meeting with mini pony and it's handler

Residents at our Holy Cross nursing home in Sunderland have enjoyed a visit from a very special guest, Glory, a miniature petting pony.

Glory spent time meeting with residents in our home's spacious activity room and even visited some of our residents in the comfort of their own rooms.

Ponies are gentle and affectionate and are known to offer therapeutic benefits to older people. They are intuitive and respond to the emotions of the people around them, too. They certainly helped to spread lots of smiles during their visit

An added bonus was the wealth of childhood stories shared, with resident, Joseph, telling a story about the first time his daughter rode a horse and how nervous his wife had been at the time. For Catherine, her special memories came from talking about a photograph of her grandfather on a horse during WW1.

"All in all, it was a wonderful day," said our home's Activities Co-ordinator, Vicky.

Visit brings back musical memories

2 May 2019

Playing musical bingo

Students from Sacred Heart School in Fenham, brought out the musical side of our St Catherine's nursing home residents with their latest visit.

Our residents take part in various activities with the students and have enjoyed everything from pamper sessions to topical discussions. This time, however, there was plenty of fun to be had with a few games of musical bingo.

A cross between 'name that tune' and regular bingo, tunes like 'The Wedding March'; Danny Boy; Any Old Iron and Daisy, Daisy had our residents singing along as they tried to guess the song title and cross it off their bingo card.

And, with everyone taking part so enthusiastically, there were prizes for everyone at the end of the games.

A great way to mark St George's Day

25 April 2019

Our Holy Cross residents watching singer Christine Rosemond

Residents at our two nursing homes have been brushing up on their patriotism with a look at some very typically English themes.

With St George's Day following hot on the heels of the Easter celebrations, our residents at Holy Cross in Sunderland were ready to just sit back and relax with some musical entertainment from Christine Rosemond.

With popular songs such as Roll out the Barrel, There's Always be an England and This Little Light of Mine on the musical menu, however, no-one could resist enjoying a singalong.

Meanwhile, residents at our St Catherine's nursing home in Newcastle enjoyed a pub quiz all about England, complete with their tipple of choice.

"There were a few tricky quiz questions," said Relationship Manager, Nicola, who ran the quiz, "but, true to form, our residents' wisdom really put me in my place!"

A cracking Easter was had by all

23 April 2019

A busy and colourful Easter

Easter weekend has been packed with special events and activities across our services.

Residents living in our nursing homes in Sunderland and Newcastle attended Mass in the homes' own chapels and, as Lent was at an end, chocolate was much in evidence again.

Erin, nine-year-old granddaughter of our nursing homes manager, Julie, spread lots of smiles with her delivery of hand-made Easter chicks to our Holy Cross nursing home and some of our enterprising residents even used them to decorate their prize-winning Easter bonnets.

It was also a time for giving, and we'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has donated Easter eggs to the children in our care.

Colourful chocolate eggs have been arriving at our Alan Shearer Centre over the last week or so and Centre members, Thomas, Kevin, Nora, Sofia and Marcus had their pick of the treats when Budget Taxis manager, John Robinson delivered a clutch of chocolate eggs when they were visiting the Centre.

More eggs arrived with Nikki and her daughter Ellen who delivered another batch on behalf of Rook Matthews Estate Agents.

Our grateful thanks also go to Nuffield Health. Each donation has helped to make sure there are plenty of Easter eggs to go round.

Relationship Manager, Nicola Milne said, "I'm amazed at the generosity of our supporters and all the children were so happy to receive their surprise gifts."

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