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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.


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