Selena Scales the Heights for Charity

The wife of a resident at Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol, recently raised money for the brain charity which has supported her husband and family.

Selena Power climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world, raising funds for the charity Hammer Out, based at Thornbury.

In November 2007, Selena’s husband Rob was diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri, a rare form of brain cancer for which there is no treatment or cure.

Rob, a former motor mechanic from Easter Compton, has lived at Riversway Nursing Home since 2008. He has two children, Tom, 18 and Harry, 16.

Selena has been busy raising funds since November last year, through events including table top sales, cake sales and raffles. So far she has raised £7000 of her target of £7,500. 

In September Selena headed toTanzania to begin her 10 day challenge climbing the 5,895m peak.

Hammer Out is a charity which supports families from across the South West and West Midlands affected by a brain tumour, offering support and counselling.

Selena said: “Our family was devastated when Rob was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and Hammer Out has offered us unfailing support through this difficult time.

“Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro was a huge personal challenge, but I hope that by raising funds for Hammer Out, the charity can continue its good work for families just like ours.”

Jan Wilkins, general manager at Riversway, said: “Selena has been a real tower of strength through this difficult time and her charity challenge is an incredible achievement.

“I would urge anyone who can help her to make a donation and help reach that target.”

For more information visit Selena’s charity website at www.justgiving.com/selena-power2

Care group scoops top award for service

TSpringhill Care Group Directors (L to R) Donna, Kath, Ken (Chairman), Steve and Nicola.he operator of Bristol nursing home Riversway has been recognised as the Service Business of the Year at a top award ceremony.

 

Springhill Care Group, which runs three care homes in Bristol and Lancashire, along with a supported living service for young adults, triumphed despite stiff competition at the prestigious Be Inspired Business Awards (BIBAs).

 

Hailed as one of the North West’s leading business awards, the BIBAs are intended to find the area’s most successful and innovative companies through a rigorous judging process.

 

The awards attracted more than 900 people to the ceremony, held in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

 

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “To win this award is such a fantastic tribute to the hard work of everyone in the group. Our focus has always been on providing the highest quality care, and we’ve never lost sight of that. This award really was earned by every member of staff, and I’d like to thank them for their contribution.”

 

BIBA judge Tony Raynor, managing director of category sponsors Abbey Telecom, praised Springhill Group’s entry. He said: “The BIBAs recognise excellence and it was clear to the judging panel that all eight contenders for the award are putting service at the heart of their businesses.

 

“Springhill Care Group’s focus on delivering high quality care and putting people first shone through and really impressed the judges. Our overwhelming impression was that this is a business that doesn’t just say they do something, they really do it.”

 

The BIBA result tops off a successful period for Springhill Care Group, which this year marks its 30th anniversary, after Ken Nolan was recently named Care Employer of the Year at the Great British Care Awards.

All smiles for sun and BBQ

MattResidents, family and friends enjoyed a carefree afternoon in the sunshine at Riversway’s BBQ last week.

 

Sun hats and parasols were the order of the day as the sun shone and the BBQ food was enjoyed in the garden area.

 

The afternoon was capped by entertainment from Trevor who is a regular entertainer-singer at Riversway, who received a big Riversway round of applause.

 

The residents and guests swapped stories of times past, and everyone agreed it was one of the best BBQs yet. Roll on the next one!

 

You can view the photo album on our Riversway Facebook page HERE

Springhill Care Group scoops two National Care Awards!

Staff at the Springhill Care Group in Lancashire have won two top national care awards.

Catherine Shawarby, General Manager at Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, walked away with the Care Manager award at the 14th annual National Care Awards held recently.

Stephen Penketh, Registered Manager and Vici Beardsworth, Operations Manager at the Springhill Group’s Accrington-based supported living service, Affinity Supporting People, were jointly named winners of the Special Needs Manager award.

Birch Green provides high quality nursing and residential care for 74 older people and is part of the Lancashire-based Springhill Care Group.

Affinity is a not-for-profit company providing care services for young people with learning disabilities. Stephen described how he felt about receiving the award: ‘It is very humbling to receive this award. It makes the hard and sometimes difficult work we do extremely rewarding and extra special.  We appreciate that behind every good manager is an exceptional team which makes our position much easier, bringing the award back to the north west shows that this area is one of the best in the country.’

The trio were picked as winners from among the top care organisations and businesses in the country.

The National Care Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the social care sector’s premier award ceremonies, run by trade magazine Caring Times. This year’s event took place at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, featuring TV and radio host Roy Walker and 600 guests.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “This was a great result for the team and a wonderful testimony to the quality of our managers.

“Affinity and Birch Green were picked above much larger care providers, and we are particularly proud to be bringing these awards back to the North West.

“Everyone at Birch Green, Affinity and across the Springhill Care Group have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months as we have made significant investment into many of our services, and this success shows that we are leading the way in the quality of our care.”

Long-serving Georgina celebrates in style

Staff and residents at Bristol nursing home Riversway helped their longest serving staff member celebrate her 60th birthday in style recently.

Georgina Harriman, quality and training manager at the Crew’s Hole Road home, has worked for Riversway since the facility opened 15 years ago on the banks of the River Avon.

The well-loved staff member was given a birthday to remember with entertainment including singing and food with a special cake for the occasion.

Ken Nolan, chairman of the Springhill Care Group, operators of Riversway Nursing Home, travelled from Lancashire for the party, donning a top hat to join in the fun.

Jan Wilkins, general manager of Riversway, said: “Georgina is a real jewel in Riversway’s crown. She has been with us since the home was first opened, and knows everything about it.

“Residents and staff both regularly sing her praises, and it was lovely that we were able to help give her a day to remember on the special occasion of her 60th birthday.”

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