Lavender Hills care home staff think of others this festive period

Lavender Hills care home staff think of others this festive period

While many people may be revelling in the festivities in the lead up to Christmas, those who are sleeping rough on the streets don’t have the same luxury.

Providing Homeless people with care and support is an important course for staff at Lavender Hills especially during the festive period.

Two carers at Lavender Hills care home Kala and Stacey came together earlier this year to brain storm ways in which they can help make a difference this Christmas.

Kala and Stacey took charge of three fundraisers in the home including Food bank donations, Christmas gifts for underprivileged Children and Homelessness.

Kala and Stacey set up the entrance of the home as a drop of point for food, clothes, toiletries and children’s gifts, they also changed the usual ‘secret Santa’ in to a buy a gift for an underprivileged Child this year giving out gender and age cards to staff as a guide.

Stacey at Lavender Hills said “I’ve always wanted to do something, it was just a case of what I could do and when, I see so many homeless people when I go out, I always give them my change but I wanted to do more this year.

Me and Kala go together and discussed helping and how we would be able to make a difference and it went from there, people have been so generous.

Stacey continues “I put myself in their situation and thought about what I would want from someone if I was living homeless, I thought the biggest thing for me would be to be able to clean myself so in addition to warm hats and scarves we have been asking for things like wipes, hand sanitiser and deodorants, these things we take for granted are luxuries to some people.

Lavender Hills have also set up a donation box where visitors can donate at the entrance of the home if they would like to help.


If you would like any more information on Lavender Hills Care home or making a donation please get in contact with Clare, Stacey or Kala at

Lavender Hills Care Home,

Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP.

Telephone: 01706 285 221





Lavender Hills Christmas Fete is this Saturday!! come along for lots of stalls and games

Lavender Hills Christmas Fete is this Saturday!! come along for lots of stalls and games

Lavender Christmas Fete this weekend!

Lavender Hills are hosting a Christmas Community Fete this weekend on Sat 1st at 2pm.

Christmas Tree with presents

The children from Stubbins Primary School will be performing Carols.

Lots of kids fun and games including a Candy Cane Hunt, Kid’s Crafts and Rammy Rocks.

Plenty of stalls to get us in the festive spirit, just some of these include:

All that Glitters

Amber Mae Crafts

Aroma candles

Snug and Style

Tasha Dinky dresses

Box of Delights

Face Painting


Books, Cards, Coffee and Cake

The Body Shop

and best of all….


Come along and join in the fun!!!


Lavender Hills Care Home, Stubbins Vale Road, Ramsbottom, Lancashire, BL0 0NP
Telephone: 01706 285 221 or Email:

Chock’s away as 100 year old Mary flies plane

Chock’s away as 100 year old Mary flies plane

Mary Bell a 100-year-old resident at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom finally got to fulfil one of her dreams today as she flew a plane from Barton Airport over her care home in Ramsbottom.


Mary celebrated her 100th Birthday in June this year when Lavender Hills care home organised a big party for Mary and all her family with a 1930’s style party which was filmed by channel 4’s extreme cake makers as a surprise cake turned up for Mary.

After speaking to Mary about what she would most like for her birthday Mary told staff at Lavender Hills and Millennium care she would love to parachute jump or wing walk as she has a great love of aircraft!

After some research and the go ahead from Mary’s doctor staff members of the care home and Millennium care got together to arrange for Mary to fly a plane over her Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom and around Manchester, Bolton and Bury.

The flight took a lot of planning, but Mary became more and more excited as the day grew closer and closer, everything would be planned for the day, but nothing could be done about the weather.

Mary’s flight was cancelled twice due to poor weather conditions, but this did not stop Mary and the dedicated team around her.

Mary and her family were very understanding that it needed to be 100% safe for Mary to go up and enjoy her flight.

Finally, the day arrived today where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and by 11am the sun was shining over the Eccles airport.

Mary was due to fly at 11, she arrived at Barton Airport with her 2 daughters Aileen and Cherie where she met Helen Inman Lavender Hills Manager and Jeanie Kettle Lavender Hills admin Manager, both where there to wave as Mary flew off in to the clouds.

Mary got in to the plane with a great big smile wearing her leather flying jacket, leather hat, microphone and earphones.

Mary said “Chock’s away” with her thumbs in the air ready to fill one of her life long ambitions.

Mary’s husband worked for the royal air force during WW2 where he serviced planes for the Lancaster bombers.

Married in 1940 Mary and her Husband Harold had 8 children together, during the war while Harold was away Mary would look after their children trying to get as many rations as she could during the hard times.

Mary’s passion for aircraft started all those years ago with curiosity during Harold’s time in WW2.

Mary went up in the air and was able to take control after much practice in her care home she managed to steer the plane to the right and up in to the clouds.

Mary flew over to Ramsbottom, over her Granddaughter’s place of work where she was able to wave from the cockpit of the aircraft to Emma her Granddaughter.

Mary then headed over to Lavender Hills care home where staff and residents were stood outside with a banner saying “Go Mary” all waving as she circled the home 5 times flying herself.

After nearly an hour in the air Mary landed with a huge smile on her face and a wave to everyone like the Queen. Mary said, “Oh it were Grand!” “it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.”

Mary was then interviewed by the BBC and Hits Radio for television and drive time radio.

Helen Inman Manager at Lavender Hills said, “She’s fantastic and fearless, she’s 100 years old and just proves to everyone you can do anything you want to do.”

Eileen Mary’s Daughter said, “It’s been amazing, my mum said it’s the best thing she’s ever done in her 100 years, we’re already talking about what she can do for her 101st next year, it’s amazing what they have done for my mum at Lavender Hills, I can’t thank them enough.”


For more in formation about Lavender Hills contact

call 01706 828412

You can keep up to date with Mary’s trips and other stories on Lavender Hills Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Lavender Hills care home shortlisted for national awards 2018

Lavender Hills care home shortlisted for national awards 2018

Lavender hills shortlisted for Activities team of the year award at the Great British care awards

The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration  of excellence across the care sector.

The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

After 20 months of volunteering and visiting residents at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom Nickie, Gaynor, Mia and Elsie joined Lavender Hills as a committed Activities and lifestyle team.

Since joining Lavender Hills earlier this year, the atmosphere has become exciting and an increasingly fun place to be.

Nickie and Gaynor have built a wide range of daily activities with their little helpers Mia & Elsie 5 and 3.

Lavender Hills were featured in the press recently for an amazing Diamond wedding party with a 40’s theme held for a couple both resident at Lavender Hills.

Jake Berry local MP has supported Lavender Hills care home in a number of events held, staff at Lavender Hills have been thrilled by his support.

Nickie and Gaynor bring a designed tailored and person-centred schedule of activities with a holistic approach to Lavender Hills making activities meaningful, entertaining and inspiring, they have got to know each resident personally in order to ensure meeting their individual needs.

Nickie and Gaynor are currently working on bridging the generation gap in the local area of Ramsbottom connecting schools and rainbows where residents and students will be coming together regularly helping each other building lasting friendships. Rainbows have been visiting Lavender Hills and call residents at the home their Grandfriends this brings smiles to many faces.

Daily activities are enjoyed by residents as well as using the beautiful grounds at Lavender Hills as a perfect setting to connect with local businesses, including Rammy Rock’s, Arm chair yoga, Rhyme time and many more.

Helen Inman manager at Lavender Hills says:

“We are thrilled to have been not only nominated for the award but shortlisted, Nickie and Gaynor do an amazing job, they go above and beyond to ensure our residents get the best quality of life at Lavender Hills. Nickie and Gaynor have brought so much joy to everyone and we are lucky to have them, they all deserve to win the award including Mia and Elsie who put smiles on everyone’s faces, they are such caring little girls.”

 Nickie and Gaynor have plans to host many events welcoming the local community to come along and make friends with our Grandfriends. Since joining team Lavender Hills they have helped organise many birthdays in style with a recent 100th Birthday being filmed by channel 4’s extreme cake makers where Mary was presented with a beautiful cake that took her back 80 years. Nickie and Gaynor are now working on an exciting Christmas fete.

Where ever possible Nickie, Gaynor Mia and Elsie will put a smile on residents faces. Birthday parties are held once a month for all residents born in that month with a theme chosen by them.

1980's themed party

Lavender Hills host 80’s party for residents Birthday

The awards will be held on 24th November in Manchester city center.



Lavender Hills care raise £1,500 from mountain trek

Lavender Hills care raise £1,500 from mountain trek

Lavender Hills care home residents and staff were heart broken when they heard the news that their ex-colleague Natalie O’brien has been diagnosed with a rare cancer stage 3.



Natalie was an employee at Lavender Hills care home for 2 years over 21 months previously, she made so many lasting impressions at Lavender Hills not just with the staff but residents as well.

Nat left the Ramsbottom care home in December 2016 to study nursing as she has a real passion for care.

After hearing of the sad news, it didn’t take the staff at Lavender Hills long to start thinking of ways they could help Nat during this difficult time.

Everyone got together and formed a plan to raise money which would go to Nat and Christies where she was being treated.

Rachel Mort a carer at Lavender Hills care home was the main driving force behind the fund raising after becoming close friends with Nat during their time together working at Lavender Hills.

After some brainstorming with her colleagues Rachel organised a charity walk to the top of Scafell Pike a number of staff at lavender Hills joined the Scafell pike team to trek to the top of the mountain.

Rachel Mort- care Assistant

“It was a pleasure to be able to raise this money to help not only my close friend Nat but for Christies who help so many people, nobody deserves to go through cancer and I wanted Nat to know she had the support of everyone here at Lavender Hills, everybody wanted to get involved including the residents which was so lovely.”

On 20th July the day of the Scafell Pike trek the weather turned from glorious sun to torrential rain, this did not deter the Lavender Hills team who were determined continue with the 5 hour trek up the mountain for Nat and Christies.

The team included Rachel- carer at Lavender Hills, Jamie- Maintenance man at Lavender Hills, Hayley carer at another Millennium care home, Brookdale, Helen Lavender Hills Manager and Malc Helen’s fiancé-.

Team Lavender Hills were sponsored by many people including some of the residents from Lavender Hills who remembered Nat when she worked there was a carer.

Rachel Continues 

“The trek was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life- the conditions were terrible and it took 5 hours, afterwards we were all so tired, even too tired to head to the pub so we went to Burger King and then home to sleep. It was all worth it to have raised the money for Nat and Christies.”

On Friday 7th September Lavender Hills staff gathered all the money in preparation for a visit from Nat.

The team arranged a bouquet of flowers, a congratulations balloon for coming to the end of her Chemo treatment and a signed card from everyone at Lavender Hills.

Nat arrived to visit all her old friends at Lavender Hills, while she was in the front lounge visiting residents Lavender Hills Manager Helen Inman walked in with the flowers, Balloons and a jar containing 1,000 pounds cash.

Nat was overwhelmed with the support and generosity from everyone.

Nat O’brien

 “I can’t believe it, I’m so grateful for the generosity of everyone at Lavender Hills, I will be able to book a holiday with this money and have something to look forward to.”

Nat will find out the results of her Chemo later in the year.

We are all hopeful that she has managed to fight the cancer and she will be able to celebrate on the holiday of her dreams.

£500 was also raised to go to Christies.


Lavender Hills care home Ramsbottom

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A huge thank you to the Co-op from Lavender Hills

A huge thank you to the Co-op from Lavender Hills

Today at Lavender Hills 2 lovely ladies from the Co-op spent the afternoon with us, they brought with them a very large box full of vintage items to reminisce with our lovely residents at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom as well as lots of lovely co-op cakes and a washing line with an amazing plan behind it.

The huge box contained many items dating right back to before the war. Dorris said, “it’s brought back many memories.”

The box of goodies wasn’t the highlight of the afternoon as the washing line was assembled across the fireplace the girls from the Co-op went around to each resident in the room and asked them to make a wish with the help of Lavender Hills activities Co-ordinator Nickie Brooks.

Each wish was then attached to the washing line and the Co-op ladies plan to make each wish come true!! I don’t know how they’re going to manage some of them for example June wishes to meet Elvis who she has adored for many years. The Co-op ladies suggested they might surprise her with a life size cut out of Elvis when they return on their next visit.

Residents at Lavender Hills were very pleased with the visit from the Co-op and look forward to their return in the near future bringing one persons wish come true each time they visit Lavender Hills.

Lavender Hills care home resident celebrates 100th birthday with Extreme Cake Makers surprise

Lavender Hills care home resident celebrates 100th birthday with Extreme Cake Makers surprise

Family and Lavender hills care home surprise 100 year old Mary taking her back 80 years!

Mary Bell at Lavender Hills was 100 last weekend and she had a very big celebration 1930’s style.

Mary’s daughter Gail contacted Channel 4’s extreme cake makers about making Mary a birthday cake to take her back 80 years! Back in the 1930’s Mary worked in the local theatre where she met her late husband who also worked there showing the films. Mary often talks about her theatre days and when extreme cake makers heard Mary would be celebrating her 100th Birthday on 29th June at Lavender Hills they planned a big surprise in the form of a theatre cake!

Everyone at Lavender Hills and all Mary’s family came together to plan a 30’s style party in the home, all staff got dressed up and were in character for the big party taking Mary back to her 20’s, this wasn’t the biggest surprise of all as there was a knock at the door of Lavender Hills which turned out to be channel 4 and the Extreme cake makers Molly with a huge cake in the shape of a theatre advert that was all about Mary. The cake had Mary’s face painted on to the cake in all edible paint, Mary’s face from 1930’s took her back 80 years! The cake even had flashing lights and all edible popcorn make from cake around it.

Not only Mary was stunned but the entire room at Lavender Hills care home in Ramsbottom as the detail was so spectacular. The residents at Lavender Hills couldn’t wait to taste the cake as Mary cut in to it not wanting to spoil the design that would have even impressed Pablo Picasso.

Jackie senior carer at Lavender Hills said “It was fantastic, we all had such a good time and it’s lovely to be able to celebrate this mile stone with Mary and her family.”

Mary received letters from the Queen and two local MP’s James Frith and Jake Berry congratulating her on her 100th Birthday celebrations, these came as another surprise to Mary as they were read out to her during the party.

All staff at Lavender Hills went above and beyond with the effort and their outfits on the day, the atmosphere was electric, and everyone had a dance while Vintage Pearls came in to perform making it all the more spectacular.

From all of the staff at Lavender Hills, Happy Birthday Mary!