Well Done Linda & Alan!
What can I say? I am so proud of Linda and Alan who both completed the Brighton Marathon in great times last Sunday 14th April. What an achievement for them both. You’d hardly have known it though as they were both back at work early this week as if nothing had happened!
Linda completed the marathon in 3 hours 50 minutes and 56 seconds and out of over ten thousand runners was the 1,914th runner and 229th female to finish! Alan completed in 4 hours 8 minutes and 47 seconds and was the 3,573th overall and 2,885th male to finish which is fantastic for his first marathon.
All the residents and staff are delighted with what the two have achieved and as well as a personal accomplishment they have raised an amazing £1,624.78 for St Barnabas Hospice who Valerie Manor has been supporting for the past year. Well done to them both!
Same again next year?!
As part of our Brighton Marathon training, Linda (above) and I competed in the Steyning Stinger Half Marathon last Sunday, and although we started at different times, we both finished just over the 2 hour mark – which we were both so pleased with – in fact Linda beat me by 1 second and was the 7th Lady to finish.
We both feel our preparations are going well, we plan to increase our training runs up to 20 miles about three weeks before the big day (14th April 2013), then taper down to ensure we are ready for the marathon.
I personally would like to thank Linda, who has been very encouraging and supportive to me, and as you will see from my picture (right) – I’m not the most attractive runner you’ll ever see!!
I know everyone at Valerie Manor and St Barnabas House would like to thank you if you have already sponsored us, and if you would like to please visit our Just Giving page by clicking on the link, or text your donation to 70070 (see below).
We are coming to the end of our fundraising year for St Barnabas Hospice and our final event approaches!
We are all very proud of Linda & Alan who are well into their training for the Brighton Marathon, which is on Sunday 14th April 2013, and we have had numerous enquiries about how people could make a donation to the cause!
We have found the most popular way to donate is to do so online via our Just Giving webpage, but of course if you prefer we do have sponsor forms which will be available around the Home when you visit.
Throughout the year we have been amazed by everyone’s generosity, and know that our friends at St Barnabas, really do appreciate it as well.
Thank you for your support!
We were very pleased to welcome so many family and friends to Valerie Manor for our Christmas get together. Especially so bearing in mind the awful weather we had the previous evening and earlier in the day.
Mulled wine & mince pies were the order of the day, and were thoroughly enjoyed!!!
We also sold raffle tickets in aid of St Barnabas Hospice for our Chef Chris’s Christmas Cake and a bottle of Cava kindly donated by one of our Nurses, Sue.
It was so nice to see everyone enjoying themselves, our good friends from the Towers Convent School popped in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas as well.
When the time came to draw the raffle we asked a grand daughter of a resident to pull out the winning tickets.
Well done to the lucky 2 winning ticket holders and a big thank you to everyone for making it such a special afternoon.
Valerie Manor is having a fund raising year for St Barnabas and we had another successful and enjoyable day last Friday as staff and residents took part in our 2nd Go Green Day!
The green nail varnish and makeup along with our green outfits came out for the day as we enjoyed the afternoon with staff, friends & families and residents of Valerie Manor whilst eating green cakes with our afternoon tea – and bubbly!
Chris, our fantastic chef also made a delicious green cake for the raffle which was won in house by a delighted resident who was desperate to share it with the other residents the next day.
I am delighted to say that as well as enjoying the day we also managed to raise over £190 for St Barnabas during the afternoon which we are all thrilled with.
Our final fund raising event of the year will be our Christmas Raffle… next year two of our staff are running the Brighton Marathon for St Barnabas and we hope the total raised will be into four figures by then!
I know that everyone has been enjoying the 2012 Olympics so we thought we would arrange our very own Valerie Manor Olympics last Thursday for our residents to enjoy an afternoon of fun family field events together with staff, friends and families of the Manor whilst raising money for St Barnabas House.
We were so lucky with the weather, everyone had such a glorious afternoon in the sunshine with both children and adults taking part. Our special ‘Olympic’ events were organised by office manager Alan, including the sack race, tug of war, three legged race, obstacle race and the egg and spoon race. Alan was also on hand as the games official to record the race times and make sure there was no cheating! Cream teas, Pimms and ice creams were on sale and our chef Chris made a lovely Olympic cake which was raffled.
At the end of the events the Olympic flag was raised whilst listening to Chariots of Fire, while myself, deputy manager Alison and Valerie Manor resident, Cynthia, presented Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the lucky winners of the events!
You can view photos from the day in our online gallery.
During the two hours the residents had a very special afternoon and we managed to raise over £230.00 for St Barnabas House, bringing the total raised so far this year by Valerie Manor for this worthy charity to over £600.00.
And you can still help support us in raising money for St Barnabas by visiting our JustGiving online donation page.
Thank you so much for your continued support!
We are all very excited here at the Manor about the 2012 Olympics and especially the opening ceremony tonight. It is broadcast too late for some of the residents but we have already planned an afternoon to enjoy watching the opening ceremony again with everyone in the conservatory!
We couldn’t let the special occasion go by without having our own alternative ‘Valerie Manor Olympics’ which is planned for the 9th August during the afternoon. We are looking forward to spending the afternoon with staff, residents, and friends and families of Valerie Manor who will form teams to take part in our own ‘Olympic’ events including sack races, egg and spoon races and tug of war! Medals will be presented at the end of the afternoon to the winners. During the afternoon we will also be having face painting and selling Pimms, cream teas, choc ices and strawberries and cream – there will also be a raffle of Chris’s Olympic Cake! Of course we are doing all of this to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice who do a fantastic job and support the staff, residents and families at Valerie Manor.
Please do visit our Just Giving website if you would like to donate to this good cause as we are spending a year fundraising for them and hope to reach a target of over £1000.
I am so very proud of Sarah and Collette who completed their 13 mile midnight walk along Worthing seafront last weekend to help raise money for St Barnabas. What an achievement and something that they will remember for a long time. They have managed to raise over £500 for St Barnabas which we are delighted about and they even managed to smile at the end for photo’s and to receive their medals. Well done from all the staff, residents and families at Valerie Manor! (pictured right; the girls with their medals and champagne gift from Valerie Manor).
We are now starting to plan our next venture to continue our support to St Barnabas and this will be the Valerie Manor Staff Olympics! Staff will undertake good old fashioned sports like the sack race, tug of war, egg and spoon race – and we may even get relatives and families joining in too! The date is pencilled in as the 9th August and we are now busy planning the event and will look at selling cream teas, ice creams, home made cakes, plus other delights.
Don’t forget you can continue to help in our support of St Barnabas by donating online on our JustGiving page; www.justgiving.com/Valerie-Manor-StBarnabas
Thank you for your support!
The residents and staff at Valerie Manor would like to wish Collette and Sarah all the best of luck for tomorrow night’s half marathon midnight walk in aid of St Barnabas House and hope they have a fantastic Night to Remember! We’re all very proud of you!
They’ve both been training hard and have together raised over £400 so far. We’ll all be routing for them here at Valerie Manor and hope the weather holds out!
If you’d like to support the girls and help raise money for St Barnabas House, please visit our JustGiving online donation page. You can also text your donation using the information below.
Thank you for your support!
Well, what a fun packed special four days we had to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Valerie Manor. Of course some of the four days were spent watching the special events on the TV but we also managed to enjoy a fantastic Quiz developed by Horsham Museum for the residents, a Jubilee word search and enjoyed listening to some wonderful Jubilee music.
On Tuesday our chef Chris provided the residents with a very special lunch accompanied by Jubilee crackers, confetti, flags and Jubilee chocolates!
We did not let the rain spoil the day and managed to entertain 100 guests during the afternoon at our special Jubilee High Tea party with a wonderful menu once again created by Chris, plus face painting courtesy of ‘True Colours’ (a very kind relative), and bubbly of course, to raise a toast to the Queen. A very big thank you also to our hospitality assistant, Martyn, who helped out enormously throughout the day.
Not only did Chris arrange all of the catering he made a very special Crown Cake which was raffled off in aid of our local Hospice which we are fundraising for all year. We managed to raise £89 as well as enjoying a very special day.
I felt extremely privileged to be able to spend such a special occasion with the residents and friends and families of Valerie Manor.