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CARE & COMMUNITY


A cause for celebration


For one Barnsley man, there are no limits to his fundraising achievements. With thorough sheer determination and a commitment to help others, he continues to go above and beyond the call of duty.


Duncan Owen-Elmer, aged 66, has raised a remarkable £44,000 in just three years for Macmillan Cancer Support and has set his targets even higher, aiming to increase this to £53,000, which could fund a Macmillan specialist nurse for a whole year.


Back in summer 2016, Duncan,


of Worsborough, began dedicating his retirement to fundraising for Macmillan – a charity very close to his own heart.


After experiencing the


bereavement of his first wife, due to cancer, Duncan wanted to give something back and show his appreciation. Macmillan had supported not only his wife but had provided vital ongoing support services to his children and the whole family.


As a committed fundraiser, Duncan is out in the community up to six days per week, come rain or shine. If you pay a visit to Barnsley town centre or your local supermarket, you are likely to spot Duncan donned in his green attire topped off with a curly wig. Be sure to stop and chat to him, share your stories and make a donation to the cause.


Aside from this he spends one day each week at Barnsley Hospital as a volunteer, supporting patients with his friendly and welcoming manner. Recognised for his warmth and jovial personality, Duncan interacts with everybody that he meets and takes every opportunity to spread his message.


A chance encounter with a singer in his local shop, has led to plans for a musical fundraising event and a bus journey sitting next to the operations manager of Stagecoach resulted in the company choosing to support Duncan’s appeal.


Whilst Duncan is the familiar face of Macmillan, he values the support of other volunteers, who contribute to his target. With his humble attitude Duncan remarked: “It’s not thanks to me, it’s


Living life to the full


the people who have put their money in the bucket we have to thank”. Duncan was immensely proud to be awarded Charity Fundraiser of the Year 2018 for the Pride of Barnsley awards. The award recognised Duncan’s passion and dedication to his charitable endeavours; he is an unstoppable force.


Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer, so we can all contribute in our local community, by supporting events or becoming part of the fundraising team. By giving your time, you can make a huge difference to local people.


If you are inspired by Duncan’s achievements and want to follow in his footsteps, new volunteers in Rotherham and Barnsley are currently needed.


Whether you prefer an adrenaline rush or a caffeine rush new and creative ways to raise funds are welcomed. From hiking and biking to fundraising galas and musical extravaganzas, the Macmillan team can inspire you with ideas to get you started.


Macmillan help people make sense of their cancer diagnosis, guide them through treatment and provide help and support on every aspect of life including physical, emotional and financial.


To speak further about fundraising, for support, information or just to chat, call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk. You can also drop into the local Macmillan information and support centre in Rotherham Hospital, open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 4pm and on Friday’s from 10am to 12pm.


At the Porterbrook Care Home in Sheffield, no two days are ever the same thanks to a calendar bursting with relevant and meaningful activities that encourage residents to have fun and stay young at heart.


Along with providing first-class residential, dementia and respite care in luxurious surroundings in Crosspool, The Porterbrook also prides itself on an engaging activity programme that aims to stimulate residents and, in turn, create a positive and supportive environment for them to thrive and enjoy life. Day to day, there is always something going on and the team base activities on the lifestyle preferences and abilities of the residents. With a hugely diverse mix of activities on offer, there’s something for everyone. One of the more popular activities is the gardening club, where residents can grow their own produce and create seasonal floral displays in The Porterbrook’s safe and secure gardens.


The care home also works with dementia charity, Lost Chord, to provide monthly music sing-along sessions to bring back memories of days gone by. This Easter, along with traditional bonnets and hats, residents were treated to an egg-stra special seasonal event called ‘Pimp my Zimmer’, giving them to chance to decorate their walking frames, sticks and aides with Easter designs. Aside from the fun and laughter of the celebrations, the secondary aim was to help residents recognise their walking frame and thus reduce falls. A similar NHS project last year claimed that adding more colour and vibrancy to grey walking frames helps older people to recognise their own frame and also allows people


with dementia to more easily pick theirs out.


Care home manager, Sheilagh Sweeney said: “Our residents loved the idea when we suggested it to them and were busy getting involved in decorating their walking frames and walking sticks in all sorts of lovely designs. It was a worthy exercise and lots of fun too.” Activities, social events and entertainment, aren’t just confined to home; residents make frequent visits to a local pub for a Friendship Luncheon Club with good


homecooked food and entertainment and a monthly visit to a local church to feel part of the wider community. All activites offer both fun and experiential moments, that bring a real social feeling to residents and their families who are always welcome to get involved.


For more information about The Porterbrook, call Sheilagh on 0114 266 0808 or visit www.theporterbrookcare.com


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