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Polka dots, pyjamas and Pudsey!

On Friday 15th November, staff and residents across Avery held events to fundraise for BBC Children in Need. From pyjama parties to cake decorating and banner making, our homes came up with creative ways to fundraise!

Cliftonville Care Home invited Avery Ambassador Sherrie Hewson to its Polka Dot Party where they raised an outstanding £367! Everyone dressed up in their finest polka dot clothes and there were two fabulous multi-coloured balloon arches with lots of polka dot accessories placed as decorations around the home.

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Staff at Acacia Lodge Care Home donated money and wore their pyjamas to work, while residents coloured in pictures of Pudsey Bear and decorated cupcakes with the culinary team. Bourn View Care Home and Highcliffe Care Home also held pyjama parties for its staff and residents to enjoy. Ahead of the main event, residents at Hanford Court Care Home created Pudsey banners to hang in the main lounge for all to see. They invited entertainer Becca Gee to the event to perform, and residents enjoyed singing along to her music.

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Hawthorns Care Home, Aldridge residents were joined by pupils from the local Old Railway House Children’s Nursery; together, they enjoyed coffee, squash and cake while listening to entertainment.

A small group of staff at Rowan Court Care Home fundraised by camping overnight in a tent in their garden. Despite it being a bit chilly, everyone said they loved every minute of it. Other staff helped residents at the home in supporting the team by regularly taking them snacks, and a lovely warm breakfast the following morning. The residents who stayed inside fundraised by having a pyjama day and together raised over £750!

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Congratulations to everyone who helped us to fundraise for such a worthy charity. Avery are proud to support BBC Children in Need, and we hope to raise even more next year!

Article by Abbie Strowbridge-Knight, Senior Marketing Assistant for Welcome Home Issue 12.

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