Crossroads Care Surrey celebrate the launch of new Club at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Crossroads Care Surrey, the leading provider of respite breaks to unpaid Carers in Surrey, is pleased to announce the launch of their new Adult Social Club at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Crossroads Care Surrey and Phyllis Tuckwell are working in partnership to benefit the local community, providing vital support to Carers in the Farnham area. In celebration of the Club launch, Crossroads Care Surrey held a Carers Tea Party on the 20th June. The Deputy Mayor of Farnham, Councillor John Ward and the Deputy Mayoress of Farnham, Mrs Gillian Ward attended on the day, to officially launch the Club and show their support for the local charities.

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Photo caption:  The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, with Crossroads Care Surrey staff and Club members.

Sheila Hargreave, Surrey Adult Clubs & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Crossroads Care Surrey, said “We had a fantastic time celebrating the launch of our Farnham Saturday Club and are very excited to work alongside Phyllis Tuckwell. Not only will the Club give Carers the opportunity to have an extended respite break on a Saturday whilst their loved one enjoys a fun, stimulating social event but it helps Phyllis Tuckwell achieve their aim of making the Hospice more accessible to the local community. They have a beautiful venue and we very much appreciate how welcoming and supportive they have been whilst we have been setting up our group.”

Clodagh Sowton, Director of Patient Services at Phyllis Tuckwell said “We are delighted that Crossroads are using our new Dove Lounge. Our plan has always been to allow other care organisations to use our comfortable and spacious new facilities. The launch event was a great success and has even prompted some Carers to form their own small support group who meet in our coffee lounge.”

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Photo Caption: Val Levy, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, Crossroads Care Surrey; Clodagh Sowton, Director of Patient Services, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice; Marco and Savannah, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

The Club launch was Crossroads Care Surrey’s final Carers Week celebration and featured the finale of their Great Crossroads Bake Off. Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign which took place from 8th – 14th June 2015. Its aim was to improve the lives of Carers and the people for whom they care by raising awareness of the challenges Carers face and the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Winners from previous Bake Offs attended the Club launch to compete to become the Crossroads Star Baker. All guests were invited to taste the cakes and vote for their favourite. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Ward crowned the winning ‘Star Bakers’, Paul Glicker and Imogen Hooker, who were awarded fantastic prizes kindly donated by Guildford Spectrum, Holiday Inn Guildford, Denbies Wine Estate and Lakeland.

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Photo caption: The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Farnham, with Crossroads Care Surrey staff members and the winning Star Bakers, Paul Glicker and Imogen Hooker.

Crossroads Care Surrey currently runs 14 Adults Social Clubs across Surrey, for adults with varying disabilities including dementia. The Farnham Saturday Club is held every Saturday 11am-3pm at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. All Clubs are available at a low cost to give Carers an extended, affordable break of up to 5 hours. They create a safe and welcoming environment where the person they care for can meet other people in a relaxed, social setting and enjoy meaningful activities which are specially tailored to each individual’s preferences. Attending a Club can help improve physical, mental and emotional well-being and reduce the sense of isolation that many feel. For more information or to book to attend a Club please contact Sheila Hargreave, email sheila.hargreave@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk or call 07783 018391.