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

SUPPORT HELEN WITH HER FUNDRAISING

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:

https://wonderful.org/charity/thelivingwellproject  

 

A big thank you

A big thank you to all who came along to our AGM on Monday.  It was a great night with lots of really positive stories from both the cafes and befriending service.

We were delighted that staff from TSB Bucksburn came along to present us with a cheque for £433.40. Thanks to Nicola and her team for all their hard work fundraising for us over the last year.

 

 

Living Well AGM

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Monday 28th January at Newhills Church at 7pm.

Reports will be given on the work of both the Befriending Service and the Cafés, along with an overview of where we have come in the past year as a Project and where we would hope to be travelling.

There will also be a Financial Report to indicate the condition of funding.

This is an open meeting so you would be very welcome.

TSB Charity Open Day

Thank you to Nicola Stoddart and the team at TSB Bucksburn for holding an open day for their chosen charities. We had a great day speaking to people in the branch and spreading the word about the Living Well Project.

They also have a Christmas raffle on the go to raise funds for us over the festive season so watch this space for news of a donation in January.