The Brimmond Challenge!

As many of you will know, our core funding was withdrawn from 31 March 2021 and we are passionate about wanting The Living Well Project to continue.  This past year has been difficult for many people but particularly those living with dementia and their carers, following the closure of all day-care support. Throughout the year we have been keeping in touch with people by different methods, we have also tried to bring some cheer into your living rooms through our capers.

 

We are continuing to seek alternative sources of funding but meanwhile Linda & Jeanette have decided to embark upon a challenge to raise funds ….. and this is where you come in.  We are planning to do a continual ‘dawn till dusk’ climb (well, 7 am till 7 pm!) up and down Brimmond Hill on Saturday 5 June and would so appreciate it if you could lend your support to this worthwhile cause.  We have set up a JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/brimmondchallenge whereby you can pledge money to The Living Well Project.  Alternatively, you can donate in cash or by cheque if that’s easier for you.  We will start our escapade from the car park along from Craibstone Golf Course at 7 am and will just keep on going up and down the hill as long as our little leggies will allow!   We are thrilled that a team of Occupational Therapists from ARI are also supporting us on the day – they are already NHS heroes and we hope they will indeed offer life support to our small, local charity. We would be delighted to see you, whether you take your flask and have a fly cup and a blether with us at the bottom of the hill or if you’re feeling energetic and want to join us on part of our antics.  There’s a bench halfway up with bonny views towards the hills of Deeside.

 

Your support would really be appreciated and would mean that The Living Well Project can continue to support the vulnerable and isolated in our local communities.  Please share this widely with family and friends so that we can raise as much funds as possible – we maybe won’t reach the dizzy heights of Captain Sir Tom but we do want to do our very best for the Project.

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

You are invited to The AGM of The Living Well Project which will take place on Monday 8 February at 7pm.  This meeting will be preceded by an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to approve a new constitution which will hopefully open up the charity to seek funding opportunities.

Due to the continuing Coronavirus restrictions this will be online via Zoom.  If you are interested in joining us by Zoom to hear about the work of The Living Well Project over the last twelve months and to look at the future of the Project, then please let us know and we will send you the link.

 

ALL CAFES CANCELLED MEANTIME

It is with regret and disappointment that we are faced with suspending all Living Well Cafés meantime because of COVID-19 and the latest Government advice.  We had hoped not to make this decision as we realise the cafés are so important to so many people.  But we must be sensible – and we have to minimise the risk to our café friends and to our volunteers.  We are in uncharted territories now, none of us could have foreseen this global crisis this time last year.  Please everyone, follow the guidelines, check our Facebook page for updates but most of all – keep safe. If you need to phone us here are our contact details:  Jeanette 07512 141818; Linda 07927 541029.

Support us at the Co-op

You may know that we are one of the Co-op’s chosen charities for 2019/2020.  At no cost to yourself, if you link your Co-op card to The Living Well Project, we then get 1% of your spend for our funds.

If you don’t have a Co-op card, please consider getting one and link it to The Living Well Project as every little received really does help.

A big thank you to everyone who has already done this to help us carry on the invaluable work we do in local communities.

 

Pastoral Care in Action Conference

On Saturday 16 November we are taking part in the Pastoral Care in Action Conference at Cults Kirk Centre. The conference will look at Pastoral Care in the workplace, in young people, in support of those living with dementia, providing friendship for those isolated, in using music as therapy and in caring for those suffering bereavement and loss.

The conference runs from 9.30 am to 3 pm, the cost is £10 per person which includes lunch.

To book a place register online via www.ferryhillparishchurch.org

Winners at Asda at the Beach!

We are delighted to have been awarded £500 from Asda at the Beach, having saved the biggest amount of green tokens from July-September 2019.  Well done everyone – and thank you for popping them in The Living Well Cafe slot.  Great effort!  But no slacking – we’re on the Asda board at Bridge of Don until December 2019 ……….. so keeeeeeep saving!

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!

 

WELL DONE, HELEN!

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!

SUPPORT TIM ON KILIMANJARO!

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:

https://wonderful.org/charity/thelivingwellproject