A LOCAL home care company is already planning ahead for its Christmas party, in order to give its service-users a fabulous Yuletide celebration.

Based in Workington, Bellcare supports and cares for vulnerable adults in their own homes, that considers all the people they care for and support, and their employees, as a part of the ‘Bellcare Family’.

The cost of the party will be met by fundraising activities throughout the rest of the year, starting with a Hippie-themed sponsored walk around the town on Saturday, August 10, from 2.30pm.

Debbie Ellwood, Bellcare’s Deputy Manager, said: “We want everyone who joins in the sponsored walk to have fun by dressing in 1960s Hippie style, and to raise as much money as they can to give the people that we care for a wonderful day.

“We love to find an excuse for a party that brings people together, who might not have seen each other in a long time, or who might not get out of their houses very much.

“Often, the people who come to Bellcare parties are lonely or isolated, or people who may find it difficult to leave their homes. If you are not good on your feet, it’s easy to lose your confidence and before they know it, they’ve stopped going out at all. Other people simply can’t afford a taxi fare, and again stop going out altogether.”

The party is to be held on Monday, December 16, at The Oval Centre, Workington. The cost of room hire, snacks, drinks, party food, entertainment, a Christmas present for everyone who attends, and around £2,000 for transport, will be covered by the money raised by Bellcare staff and supporters.

The two-mile Hippie Walk will start at Moorclose Shops, Workington, and dogs on leads, wheelchair-users, children on foot and in prams and pushchairs are all welcome. Those taking part are encouraged to persuade friends and family to sponsor them, and to bring a bucket on the day to collect loose change along the route.

In the evening, the plan is to meet at Wetherspoons at 6pm, to continue the Hippie Walk into Workington Town to raise more funds from evening revellers.

Bellcare, which employs about 140 employees and supports well over 200 service users, works for people on behalf of Cumbria County Council, NHS Cumbria, as well as for people who get Direct Payments and also for people on a private basis.

Bellcare covers Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth, Wigton, Aspatria, Silloth, Keswick and Penrith, and all the surrounding areas.

If you want to help us to raise funds, or have a good fundraising idea that we can try, you can contact georgina@bellcare.co.uk

Telephone: 01900 872030