Living Well Café on Kilimanjaro!

Congratulations, Tim – you made it!  We are so delighted to hear that Tim Laundon has reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain.  He has been raising sponsorship for The Living Well Cafés through his incredible efforts and we are so happy to hear of his success.  He was inspired to raise funds for us after the success of his son, Jack, who was one of a group of three lads at Portlethen Academy who chose us as their charity for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and who went on to win the final in January 2019.  Jack’s grandad lived with dementia but sadly passed away in January 2018.  Grandad would be so proud of his family.  Thank you, Tim and Jack.  The Living Well Café is well and truly global!


The Living well Cafes do not meet during July. Jeanette and Linda are not sunning themselves on a tropical beach, rather they are using this time to organise the cafes until the end of the year.

They may be out and about too delivering flyers, perhaps fitting in a visit or two and following up some recent referrals.

Our first cafe back is on 6 August at Newhills, we will post more about this nearer the time. Keep an eye on our FaceBook page as we will continue to post there throughout July.

HSBC Climb Kili in 12 Hours!

We went along last Thursday to cheer on staff from HSBC (Scotland Business Banking Team) who took on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in 12 hours. They had treadmills in their offices and the action started before 7 am. We dropped in past on our way to the Ferryhill cafe to lend some moral support from the sidelines. We were offered a wee shottie but we really didn’t want to be late for the cafe so we had to decline (it was a good excuse anyway!). After the cafe we went in again to do our bit but unfortunately they were on the last mile and we didn’t feel we could steal their glory! The song playing as they reached the summit was ‘What have you done today to make you feel proud’ – and they should indeed be very proud of their achievement last week.

It was a big team effort and lots of camaraderie but for Tim it will be a solo effort in August as he does the real thing, having set himself this personal challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro. He is raising funds for The Living Well Cafes and if you would like to support Tim by donating then please go to:

We are so very grateful to Tim and to all his colleagues at HSBC.


Unfortunately we have had to cancel the cafe tomorrow at Ferryhill due to circumstances beyond our control. Debris and tiles have fallen from the ceiling in the hall where we meet and the safety of our visitors are of utmost importance to us.

We have a cafe on Tuesday at Newhills and any of our cafe friends are welcome to come along to that cafe if they are able to.

The problem should be fixed for next time and we will look forward to seeing you all there.


What a star Helen is – she completed the Baker Hughes 10K on Sunday 5 May and raised over £1,000 for the Living Well Cafe.  Despite the wind in her face heading towards the Bridge of Don, and a sore leg until she reached the 9K mark when it suddenly disappeared (the pain, not her leg!) she completed the course in a very respectable 1 hour six minutes and 51 seconds.  Good on ya, Helen!


Following a recent family experience with dementia, Tim’s son Jack and two of his friends took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.  He was proud and delighted when his son’s team won the competition for their presentation supporting The Living Well Project.


Inspired by Jack and his friends’ success and passionate desire to do something to help sufferers, he decided he too wanted to do his bit to help this small and relatively unknown charity.  It has long been an ambition of Tim’s to climb Kilimanjaro so he decided to take the plunge and booked the trip, with the intention of raising funds for The Living Well Project along the way.  He sets off in August on the 70 km trek, summiting at over 19,000 ft, and it will take him 8 days to complete.


Not to be left out, his colleagues in the Scotland Business Banking Team of HSBC are planning to join in to support the fundraising and have taken on the challenge of “Climbing Kili in 12 Hours” between them.  They are setting up treadmills in their offices in Queens Road on 30th May and will take turns climbing until they reach the “summit”.


The Living Well Project is something very close to Tim’s heart, having seen at first hand the effects and impact that dementia and other related illnesses have on those living with dementia and their families.  While it is a devastating fact that many attending struggle to remember having ever been at the Living Well Cafes, it is obvious that while they are there “in the moment”, they are having a wonderful time with the volunteers and the activities laid on for them.


With your generous support, Tim hopes that The Living Well Project can continue this invaluable service to the local community and ensure many more days of happiness for those affected.


If you would like to support Tim, please follow the link below to donate:


Helen’s mum has been living with dementia for many years and she knows only too well the challenges her mum faces with confusion, frustration and upset in plentiful supply.  Helen takes her mum and daughter to the Living Well Cafes every week and can see at first hand how much her mum enjoys singing, dancing, playing games and chatting to other people – all with a big smile on her face.  In gratitude, Helen is running the Baker Hughes 10k on Sunday 5 May and all sponsorship raised will be in aid of the Living Well Cafes.

If you wish to help Helen reach the finish line by sponsoring her, please follow the link below: