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Many thanks to the fantastic Shrovetide Dance Committee for their generous donation  – it means a great deal to us to be supported by such an iconic Ashbourne organisation.



We so grateful that having already made a donation after last summer’s Duck Race, they chose us again as one of three very worthy recipients to benefit from the proceeds of their annual dance. It really is much appreciated.

If you’re a bit of a brainbox or just love taking part in a quiz, then please save 6pm on the 2nd of April 2017 on your calendar !


Our fundraising quiz will be taking place at the Bowling Green Steak House, 2 North Ave, Ashbourne DE6 1EZ. Each team will be made up of 4 players, so make sure that your brainiest friends and family put the date in their diaries too – it’s going to be lots of fun! More information to follow soon…….


Did you know that Careline turns 20 this year? We’ve got lots of things planned to help us to celebrate our momentous anniversary, so please keep an eye on our Facebook and web pages for up-to-date information on how you can join in too!

Careline  would like to say a huge thank you to the community for continuing  to support us this year.



Early in 2016  the Ashbourne Telegraph published an article explaining that the majority of our funding had been cut and in it we asked for support to help keep the service running. And that’s exactly what you, the community have done!

So many individuals, volunteers, local societies, organisations and businesses have stepped forward to help and for that we are so grateful.  We would particularly like to thank:

Ashbourne Lions

Ashbourne Shrovetide Dance Committee

Ashbourne Singers

Marks & Spencer


The Trustees of the Mrs Elsie Exton Trust

The Old Trust of Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School

Ashbourne Methodist Church

Dovedale Dash

Brailsford & District Ploughing & Hedgecutting Society

Rotary Club of Uttoxeter

Uttoxeter Lions

Uttoxeter Knights

Inner Wheel of Uttoxeter

to name but a few.

We would also like to thank all those people who have been involved in our fundraising events either in volunteering their time or as a guest – you  have contributed enormously to ensuring that we are able to maintain our regular telephone befriending calls to the elderly and most vulnerable members of our society.  This time of year is particularly difficult for many older people with the days being so short. Research tells us that loneliness and a lack of social interaction can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day; in addition  more than  half (51%) of all people aged 75+ live alone in the UK and nearly a fifth of those people spend zero hours with other people on a typical day.

We are still searching for that elusive  large scale funding, but thanks to all of our supporters we are able to continue running the service for the foreseeable future.

With very best wishes for 2017

The Staff and  Trustees at Careline.


Thank you to everyone who came along, bought raffle tickets or made donations to our recent Christmas Coffee Morning – what a festive time we all had, raising £1642.00 in the process! While we strive to try to find a source of long term funding, it’s reassuring to know that the community continue to support us so wholeheartedly.


Special thanks to the Ashbourne Singers who each year take time out of their busy concert rehearsal schedule to come along and sing – always one of the highlights of the morning! Thank you also to Optimum, The Olde Sweete Shop and Milkshake Bar, Blooming Beau, Newton House Hotel , The Little Papierie and Wyaston Nurseries for their generous donations; plus the staff of St Oswald’s Hospital kitchen who made the delicious mince pies. We’re so grateful to you all!


Careline’s popular Christmas Coffee Morning is FREE to attend & takes place on Friday 2nd December from 10–12.30pm in the foyer of St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne.
Always a fun festive morning you’ll have the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping from our stalls selling handmade jewellery, Christmas cards, handicrafts and delicious cakes and preserves. You can also Name the Bear or Guess the Weight of the Cake! We have a fantastic raffle again this year with a first prize of a luxury hamper full of festive goodies worth over £100, a £50 cash prize, a hessian bag of wine, tea for 2 at the Newton House Hotel plus many more – tickets are £1 each and will be available that morning, or can be purchased in
advance from the main reception in St Oswald’s Hospital or the Careline office. The winning tickets will be drawn during the coffee morning.

Come along and enjoy a warm drink and a mince pie whilst the Ashbourne Singers entertain you with carols around the tree – this is a free event, to which everyone is welcome. You’re guaranteed to feel the Christmas spirit, whilst raising some vital funds for your local telephone befriending charity, which offers a free service to support people in and around Ashbourne and Uttoxeter. Our calls are available every day of the year, including Christmas Day. For more information please call the Careline Team on 01335 210353.


Take some time out from your busy pre-Christmas diaries to join us for a glass of fizz on Friday 18th November.

We’ve got 2 entertaining talks lined up – popular  make-up artist Esther Marie shares her tips on Christmas evening glamour and talented local candle maker Annie from On A Wick And A Prayer, on Burning the Wick at Both Ends!


Plus our therapists will be on hand to treat you to  a selection  of mini-treatments  – you could book a relaxing file & polish, an acupressure massage or a hand and arm massage; or try something new like Reiki or  Colour Reiki; you could even book a reading with our clairvoyant!


Tickets cost £8.50 incl. a glass of fizz & nibbles. We’re asking for a donation of £5 per treatment – these can be booked in advance or on the evening.   For more information, to buy tickets and  book treatments visit the Careline office, St Oswald’s Hospital. Alternatively send us a message via our website, Facebook page (Careline Calling) or call us direct on  tel: 01335 210353.  The event  takes place at Clifton Smith Hall, Clifton, Ashbourne DE6 2GJ.

Treat yourself before the Festive Frenzy Begins – bring some friends too!

Join Careline and other local organisations including the Holly Road Supportive Care Centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK to recognise World Alzheimer’s Day at a Dementia Support Showcase on Wednesday 21st September 2016. The aim of the day is to enable you to find out more about dementia and the local support available for sufferers and their families. Teas and coffees will be available throughout the day, along with a variety of talks and taster sessions.

This  event is free to attend and  takes place at the Heath Community Centre, Holly Rd, Uttoxeter ST14 7DT from 10.30am-3.30pm. For more information call 01889 220 420. EVERYONE WELCOME.

Dementia Market Place Uttoxeter

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Would you like to help us raise some funds by joining our 100 Club? It couldn’t be easier and means that we can give something back to you, if your lucky number comes up!

You simply pay £24 for the year (standing order, cash or cheque) and we allocate you a number, which will then be entered into our twice yearly draw. You can buy as many numbers as you wish at £24 each. There will be two large cash prizes at each draw, plus several smaller amounts (e.g. 1st prize = £100, 2nd prize = £50, with 6 prizes of £10 ); the remainder of the money is donated to Careline.

Call us on 01335 210353 or e-mail: for more information or to join.

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who put their green tokens into the Careline box in Waitrose, Ashbourne last month – you’ve helped to raise an amazing £600!! Sadly we haven’t been chosen as Sainsbury’s charity partner of the year, but this certainly helps to make up for the disappointment.