Newsletter – April 2014

Speaker – This month we invited along Hugh Jones, Solicitor who gave an very interesting talk on Discretionary Trust funds and how it’s a way of leaving money in your will for your cared for, without it affecting their benefits etc. I have some leaflets and business cards with his details, if anyone would like further information from him, or would like to him to organise a discretionary trust for you. He does home visits for no extra cost. There is further information on HALDS website.

Funding – I had applied for £2,000 funding from HBC for our monthly meetings, newsletters and overhead costs, they have granted us £1,580 towards these costs, I have not heard from Boshier-Hinton Foundation for social events, but will keep you posted

As previously advised Pat Wright put us forward for funding from her insurance company Engage Mutual. People have to vote for us to get this funding and voting started on 8th April and goes through to 31st May, please take the time to vote for HALDS and ask friends and family to do the same. Pathway to vote is then click on Foundation, click on Community awards, Location is North West, then click into HALDS. You will need to register your name etc, just follow the links. Spread the word to friends and family, the more votes and more chance we have of winning

AGM – Our AGM will be held on Monday 19th May at 1.30pm, please come along beforehand for lunch at 12.30 and general catch up (Originally the AGM was before our April meeting at 11am, but this has been cancelled due to change of venue for meetings)

Dobies Garden Centre – Monday 12th May – Dobies Garden Centre followed by lunch at Toby Carvery, Speke, Cost £5 includes transport and lunch, pick ups will be 9.45 from Runcorn Old Town Bus Station and 10am Widnes Stobart Stadium and coming home we will be leaving Speke at 2pm for our return journey

Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest/Gardens – Saturday 14th June – Full day out to Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest/Gardens, this is for both yourselves and your cared for. Cost of £5 will include transport and admission charges. Pick up times 9am Stobart Stadium, Widnes, 9.15am Runcorn Old Town Bus Station, were we will head to Trentham Gardens Monkey Forest, cost includes a boat trip from Monkey Forest to Trentham Gardens, leaving time from Trentham Gardens will be 5pm. Lunch is not provided.


Sunday 13th July – I am sorry to inform you that our Swimming Pool party at Beechwood Swimming Baths, (private booking for our group only) at 4.30 followed by Sunday Lunch at Beechwood Pub is now also cancelled. The 13th July is also Disability Awareness Day at Walton Gardens, and a few of us have cared fors who perform on the day, BUT also when I phoned Beechwood Centre to see if we could have the 20th July, they informed me that that times have changed for private hire and its now Sunday at 6.20 – 7.20 which is a bit late when we want to have Sunday dinner as well, so when we have the next committee meeting, something else will be arranged for July.

Monday 22nd September – Bowling and lunch in Widnes, charge will include your bowling and lunch.

Meeting Monday 30th June – Please try and come along to this event, I have surprises in store which I am sure you will all enjoy and leave the meeting feeling uplifted and in good spirits.

Voluntary week w/c 2/6/14 – HVA will be holding a quiz on Monday 2nd June (Runcorn) HALDS have entered a team of 6, we still need a couple of contestants so please let me know if you would be interested in coming along to the event, its 7.30 – 10pm (free sandwiches, bring your own tipple) at All Saints Church, Church Street, Runcorn

Also HVA are hosting HALTONBURY – Friday 6th June 3pm – 8pm – cost is free and family and friends are welcome, it’s at Hough Green Scouts Hut, Hall Ave, Widnes WA8 8XS. Come for all or part of the day, Bring your own picnic. Listen to live music and performers

Sunday 15th June – Proms at Pettypool – £10 per ticket – entrance to ticket holders only, variety of music to suit all tastes including the Pap Bears Band and Vale Royal Singers. Bring your own picnic/rug etc. Puddings and soft drinks available to purchase on the day, Gates open at 3.30pm, event starts at 4pm until 7pm, The event will take place outside. Tickets are available from the Pettypool shop or Sheila Taylor 01244 383481

Hospital visit – If you have to take your cared for, for a hospital appointment or they are being admitted as a day case or even as an emergency, please inform Lucia Urquhart at Halton Carers Centre 01928 580182. Lucia will inform PALS of your pending appointment and this will help when being admitted. We have recently had a member whose cared for went in as a day case, Lucia had informed PALS beforehand, when they arrived at 8am, they were told they were expected, and were took straight to the bed and booked in. The whole day went smoothly with no hick ups. The doctor had even suggested if they wanted, they could have had a tour of the theatre etc. to make things easier for them all.


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