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Careline Supporter Dominic Delf and a group of intrepid friends have taken on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Careline. The team, made up of Dominic, Ciara Delf, Tom Delf, Gavin Delf, Peter Douglas and Michael Pettingale,  took the challenge on 15 August which involved climbing the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent (691m) , Whernside (728m) and Ingleborough (723m), all in under 12 hours! These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

We’re enormously grateful to Dominic and his team for taking this on for Careline. Please support them by making a donation on our Virgin Money Giving Page:


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We had a lovely time at our Strawberry Tea recently. The sun shone, giving us beautiful views over Dovedale, with everyone enjoying the opportunity to catch up with old friends or to meet new ones over afternoon tea.

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The birthday girl and boy, Theresa and John

Talented young local trumpeter Josh Short delighted us with some vintage tunes, as well as playing an impromptu “Happy Birthday” to Theresa and John, whose birthdays it was that day. We were also joined by some special guests including Derbyshire County Councillor and long time Careline supporter Steve Bull; as well as 3 representatives from M&S Ashbourne, who have helped us to raise a significant amount of money this year. Pat Arnold, Site Manager at St Oswald’s Hospital was able to join us  for a cup of tea too.

Everyone agreed what a super afternoon it had been!

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Eileen, winner of Guess The Name of the Bear – his name was Tom!

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The Careline staff members, past and present; also Lesley our dedicated Chair




Changeover Night 2015

We are extremely grateful to the Uttoxeter Lions for their very generous donation of £200 to Careline last week. It means a great deal to us to be supported by local organisations and we wish David Eadie every success as Lion President in the coming year.


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Thank you to everyone who supported last week’s Auction for Action either by donating lots, buying raffle tickets or coming along to the event. It turned out to be a really exciting action-packed evening, with Careline making around £1000!! In addition to some fantastic fundraising, we also managed to recruit our first charity mascot!


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On Wednesday 10th June, Careline will be taking part in a fundraising charity auction – Auction for Action, along with several other small local charities including Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, Royal School for the Deaf Derby and Derbyshire Advocacy Services. Charles Hanson of the BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, will be auctioning items to raise some much needed funds for each of the charities involved, in what promises to be an entertaining evening.


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Everyone is welcome to come along to this free event at Hansons Auctioneers, Heage Lane, Etwall Derbyshire DE65 6LS. You are invited to view the auction lots and visit the charities’ stalls from 4.30pm, whilst enjoying a glass of wine and canapes. You will also be able to buy raffle tickets, with some great prizes on offer including a cheque for £300, a day at Chatsworth House for 2 with afternoon tea courtesy of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and a bat signed by Derbyshire County Cricket Club’s 1st team squad. The auction will begin at 7pm, with all proceeds being donated to the charities taking part. The auction catalogue is now available on-line at, so if you are interested in any of the items but unable to attend, you could make an on-line or telephone bid (but you will need to register with Hansons before the event). Raffle tickets can be purchased from the Careline Office, St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne at £1 each or £5 per book.

Come along a join in the fun!


For more information call Jo Bradley, Careline on 01335 210353.

We were recently very lucky to have renowned wildlife photographer and author Dr Michael Leach deliver two talks at Abbotsholme School, in support of  Careline.


The audience were thoroughly entertained – so much so that some people who had heard Michael speak in the afternoon decided to return to hear him again in the evening! Both talks were informative and very funny, with everyone learning something new about the highlights and  perils of the work of a wildlife photographer.  Michael very generously spent time answering questions and signing books afterwards, leaving one particular young fan thrilled and full of enthusiasm having received some professional tips on taking wildlife shots! A really engaging speaker, Careline  would highly recommend anyone to go along and hear Michael the next time he appears locally.

Thank you to everyone to came along to support us, helping to raise over £800 for our charity! Thank you also to Lucy Barnwell and her team at Abbotsholme School for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities and for all of their help in the planning and on the day itself.


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Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our annual sponsored walk on Sunday. Although the weather wasn’t quite as balmy as last year, the rain did hold off – so for the second year in a row, waterproofs weren’t required! Plus we were all pleased to have yet another opportunity to walk in the beautiful grounds of the Wootton Estate. Thanks also to the Rotary Club of Uttoxeter for inviting Careline to be part of such a well organised event.

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We’ll let you know how much we’ve raised, as the money continues to come in over the next few weeks.



Following on from last year’s very successful fundraiser, Careline  are once again joining The Rotary Club of Uttoxeter’s terrific family event –  ‘Walk For Your Charity’. This will again be taking place in the beautiful grounds of the Wootton Estate, ST10 3BQ  near to Alton Towers on Sunday 17th May.

Everyone agreed what a lovely day it was last year – the sun shone giving the walkers stunning views of the grounds, over  to the Staffordshire Moorlands in the distance. There were bacon sandwiches available to buy, to help the fundraisers on their way  and a very welcome ice cream van waiting at the end!  So we’re all looking forward to this year’s walk and would be pleased to see anyone  who would like to support  us  in raising  important funds to maintain our valuable telephone befriending service.

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If you pre-register with Careline by noon on Thursday 14th May on 01335 210353 or at info@carelinecalling and bring your fee with you on the 17th,  it  will only cost £5 per person (under 12’s walk free); on the day the cost will rise to £10. There are two walks to choose from – 2.5 miles on tarmac roads and 5 miles on tarmac and stoned forest roads. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to come along too. For more information on the walk  see

If you aren’t available to come along yourself,  then why not sponsor one of the Careline Team to do the walk for you? Just go to our Virgin Money Giving Page  where it’s very easy to make  a donation.

The Careline walkers will be meeting at Cote Farm, Wootton Estate (follow the signs near to the main entrance to Alton Towers) around 10am and setting off shortly afterwards,  but you can arrive and register at any time up to 11am.


Some tickets are still available for Michael Leach’s illustrated talks on Thursday 30 April, at Abbotsholme School near Rocester.


The afternoon talk in the School’s library at 4pm entitled “Animals Behaving Badly” will give an insight into animal behaviour – sometimes learnt from their human counterparts! Meet drunken monkeys, psychotic magpies, hallucinating lemurs and larcenous orang-utans, amongst others.

The evening talk at 7pmin the Chapel, “Beneath the Dark Canopy” will reveal how rainforests work: the habitat of more than half of all known animal species. Michael will draw on his adventures in Borneo, the Amazon Basin and Central America to show how animals have evolved to live in this fragile, intricate environment. He will reveal his work with orang-utans, monkeys and river otters, to name just a few.

Michael has been a full time naturalist since 1977 and has travelled all round the world in search of subjects. He has been described as a “unique wildlife humourist”. His photos have been published in over 1000 books and he has filmed wildlife for BBC and ITV. Both talks will be illustrated by Michael’s wonderful slides.

Tickets for these fascinating talks are available from the Careline office, tel. 01335 210353; Natural Choice, Ashbourne; or John German Estate Agents, Uttoxeter; or online at Eventbrite.

Ticketprice (per talk): Adults £10, Under 16s £6, including light refreshments.

Careline is seeking to appoint a highly motivated manager to run the telephone befriending charity and guide its future development. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, the ability to secure funding, manage staff and volunteers and maintain a high profile for the charity.

PT / 25 Hours.  Circa £26,000 (pro rata)

Please send a copy of your CV and a covering letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) outlining the skills and experience that make you suitable for the post, giving contact details of two referees to:  or by post to: Lesley Tetley, Careline, St Oswald’s Hospital, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR


For further information about the role please download the attached document.

Job Description Manager