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Paul and Michael - Brighton Marathon

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Team story

[p]Hello![/p][p]I have been volunteering for Cocktails in Care Homes for about a year now and am a party manager at a care home in Bethnal Green. I have seen, first hand, the hugely positive effects the parties have on residents. I have made genuine and lasting connections with residents with advanced dementia. They may not remember by name, but we have a drink, a dance and a chat once per month and it means a lot to all of us. It's often about simply breaking the routine of a typical care home day. For example, the primary school across the road often bring a chicken called Marshmallow to the parties the residents absolutely love him! Especially Mary (check out the attached picture of her and Marshmallow).[/p][p]All donations are very much appreciated. We would love to keep the parties going for as long as possible.[/p][p]Thanks so much! Paul :) xox[/p][p][br][/p][p]Due to ill health, frailty and diminished energy, care home residents can’t pop down the pub or out to socialise with friends. Those whose families live far away might not have any visitors or even see anyone from outside the home for weeks at a time. Cocktails in Care Homes was set up in 2010 to change this. With a growing team of [url=https://magicme.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering/cocktails-in-care-homes-volunteers/]volunteers[/url], Cocktails in Care Homes run monthly parties in sixteen London care homes.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Check out their homepage and video to get a better understanding of what it is they do![/p][p][url=https://magicme.co.uk/ ]https://magicme.co.uk/ [/url][/p][p]------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]“Magic Me has turned my life around, I want to get up in the morning and do things. I’ve got something to get up for.” Older participant[/p][p]“When you come, we know we are not forgotten.” Older participant[/p][p]“In a group like this, we learn from them, they learn from us.” Older participant[/p][p]“The residents have formed wonderful friendships at the parties, a resident who moved in a few months ago has saved a seat for his friend at every party!” – Care home staff member[/p][p]“Before you came we felt like nobody. Now we are somebody” Older resident[/p][p]“I discovered how we all see things differently sometimes” Participant feedback[/p][p]“A couple danced together all evening. They live apart - he lives here in the home because of his dementia. This party made it possible for them to dance together again.” Sara, volunteer[/p][p]“This is a real blessing. I go to many homes but I never see an atmosphere like this. A party like this makes such a difference. Normally I see lonely people sitting on their own” Visitor to a care home[/p][p]----------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p][b][u]What will your money buy?[/u][/b][/p][p]? £10 buys table cloths, cocktail napkins and the all-important cocktail umbrellas for a party.[/p][p]? £25 buys a few bottles of wine to make Sangria in the summer or mulled wine in the winter, or range of beers for those party-goers who are not so sure about this fancy cocktail business![/p][p]? £50 buys a place on a 3-hour training session for one of our volunteer party managers to learn communication skills for working with those with dementia.[/p][p]? £100 keeps the bar stocked for 4 months, with everything we need to make Peach Bellinis or just a good old G&T.[/p]
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Apr 28, 2019


Well done!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Apr 15, 2019

Lindsay Ashford

Well done!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 13, 2019

Laura Metcalfe

Good luck both! Xx

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Apr 12, 2019


Good luck uncle Mike and uncle Paul. Love from Charlie xxx (and Lee & Vicki)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 11, 2019

Charlotte M-P

Good Luck Paul and Michael!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 9, 2019


Smash it Michael. Phil - do ok x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 5, 2019


Woo! Go guys!! This sounds like such a great cause - old people and cocktails are both fabulous.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 29, 2019


Have an amazing day you two. Love you both.


Mar 29, 2019


Love what you are doing Paul and Michael. Keep the parties rolling and best of luck with the marathon.

Mar 25, 2019

Cathy Steele

Good luck to you both Sending lots of love Cathy and Annie xx

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Michael Alsop

Michael Alsop

Paul Webb

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