04 June 2024

Maureen's climb for Guide Dogs UK

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A resident at Lavender Hills has raised £600 for Guide Dogs UK after climbing to the top of Holcombe Hill.

Maureen Noonan, took on the challenge with her family and staff from the home to raise money for Guide Dogs UK, a charity close to her heart.

The 83-year-old has been a resident at Lavender since November 2023 and has made her love for walking known with staff.

Completing the climb on Wednesday 29th May, it took Maureen just over an hour as she sang for the entire journey and was treated to a hot chocolate at the Shoulder and Mutton pub on her return.

She's currently raised £600 for the charity which helps fund assistance dogs in the UK, empowering those who are visually impaired.

Maureen’s mother, Bessie, benefitted greatly from the support of guide dogs after she lost her sight.

“As a home and a company, we want to support the local community and charities in ways which we are able. When Maureen came up with this idea, we were more than delighted to support her! She’s done a fantastic job in raising awareness and money for a great charity. There’s still time to donate!”

Kala Morton, Home Manager at Lavender Hills Care Home

“We did the walk today for Guide Dogs for the Blind, her mum was blind and had three guide dogs in her life. It’s a lot to us that Lavender has put this on.

“Bessie would have been so proud of her doing this, she was just like Maureen always happy, never negative and would always be singing. She’s probably looking down now laughing and joking and being really proud of her for doing it.”

Jeanette Armitage, Maureen’s niece

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