October 2020: #WEARITPINK at Briardene


Briardene Newsletter: October Edition

 I have had many happy memories from Mariposa over the years but I can honestly say that Friday, our WEAR IT PINK day in aid of Breast Cancer Now was my favourite and I am so VERY proud to be part of this amazing team at Briardene.

With the support from the Night and Days carers, Nurses and CSA, Activities, Maintenance, Domestic, Kitchen and Office staff, we all came together and worked as a team to support Roxanne in her cause for Breast Cancer. Raising £3180 (so far!).



As a team we voted on how to spend the money kindly donated to us from Careport and an overwhelming majority voted for Andy Wilson who received the £1500 cash gift. Both Andy and his partner were both emotional and wish to thank everyone for their on-going support through this difficult time.

We will face many more ups and downs during this surreal time we are living in, but as a family we will continue to be there for each other, picking us up during our low periods and joining in on our highs.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you at Briardene. 

  – Marissa, Home Manager

Puppies, Pumpkins and Pampering at Briardene

Laura our Lifestyle Support Co-ordinator has been extremely busy this month ensuring our residents have plenty to do as the weather takes a turn for the worst- there’s been a nail bar, Sweets Trolly, Movie Afternoons, Bingo, decorating the home for Halloween and crafts with the residents. Thank you for everything Laura!

We also held our very own Bake Off competition for our staff with some very impressive entries! And the winners are.. 1st Place – Richard, 2nd Place – Deborah and 3rd Place- Allison! Well done to everyone who took part!

And a special mention to our favourite guest, Bruce! It’s lovely to see the residents light up when they see him- after all who could resist those puppy eyes?!

Riddle Me This...

Can you work out this month’s brain-teaser riddles?…


1. I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

2.You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?

3.If you’ve got me, you want to share me; if you share me, you haven’t kept me. What am I?


Residents birthdays

We have celebrated quite a few birthdays this month!

Winnie Gilchrist on the 1st October

Joan Atkinson on the 2nd October

Gordon Garret on the 12th October

Dorothy Preece on 15th October

And Betty Statham who will have her birthday on the 30th October!


Activities in November

We’re hosting a spooktacular Halloween party for residents and staff this Friday 30th October!

Also, Briardene staff are putting on a pantomime for the residents this Christmas! (Oooooh yes we are!) And it’s the classic fairytale Cinderella! So watch this space . . .WHO will be the wicked stepmother?!

And of course there will be lots of our regular activities taking part throughout the month to keep all our residents happy and smiling!

Contact Us

Manager: Marrissa Jewitt

Briardene Care Home Newbiggin Lane Westerhope

Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 1NA

Tel: 0191 286 3212
Email: briardene@mariposacare.com