At the beginning of 2016, we announced our nominated ‘Charity of the Year 2016’. We have various fundraising events planned to run throughout the year to raise funds for our chosen charity; Amy’s Care. Based in Cumbria, Amy’s Care provides social clubs, holidays and specialist care for older adults, mainly aimed at people living with dementia.
Dani Hope, Marketing Director for Lake District Hotels, commented, “One of the great privileges of running a business is being able to give generously to deserving causes. In November last year we put the vote to the general public to help nominate a Cumbrian charity, community project or initiative and we were over the moon when Amy’s Care came in with the most votes.”
The first donation that we have made to Amy’s Care was £4385 (which included £1,000 match funding from Barclays Bank) from a successful ‘Kitchen Rivals’ charity banquet evening at the Lodore Falls, organized by Lake District Hotels, Barclays Bank and Baines Wilson LLP. The money has already been put to good use on a variety of things, such as; every Friday Amy’s Care takes the group to a Dancing Recall workshop, they have also attended the Theatre by the Lake to watch the Easter production ‘A Shepherd’s Life’.
Equipment has been purchased which provides aid to transfer people from a wheelchair to a toilet or seat. This has allowed some people who would have been too frail to now attend and benefit from the social experience. Amy’s Care can take larger groups on trips further afield on a regular basis by hiring community minibuses.
Rebecca Dooley, Owner of Amy’s Care commented, “The money raised for Amy’s Care is a fantastic help, often a visit to Amy’s Care is the only time the people we care for get to leave their house or residential home in that week. The extra money generously donated by Lake District Hotels and others means we can make that day even more special for them.
Thank you from Fraser and I but most importantly from the people who attend the Amy’s Care Social Clubs. No matter how large or small every penny is making a massive difference to people who would otherwise be isolated, unstimulated and lonely.”