Join us at 4pm or 7pm on Thursday 30th April at Abbotsholme School Rocester ST14 5BS, to hear the inspirational speaker Dr Michael Leach talk about some of his most amusing, if not hair-raising experiences whilst filming wildlife!

Michael has travelled to all 7 continents and worked with many of the world’s most charismatic animals – polar bears in the Arctic, gorillas in central Africa, lemurs in Madagascar, sperm whales in the mid-Atlantic, monkeys in the Amazon, penguins in the Antarctic and elephants in Kenya.

As a professional naturalist, he has filmed wildlife for the BBC and ITV, as well as many other well-known organisations and has very kindly agreed to do two talks in aid of Careline, both of which will appeal to young and old alike:

4pm: Animals Behaving Badly Meet some drunken monkeys, phobic ostriches and thieving orang-utans, amongst others.

7pm*: Beneath the Canopy Share Michael’s wildlife experiences in Tropical Rainforests, The Amazon and Borneo. *please note that there is no disabled access to this talk

Tickets: Adults £10, under16s £6 to include light refreshments.

Available from the Careline Office in St Oswald’s Hospital and Natural Choice in Ashbourne. Or John German Estate Agents, Market Place, Uttoxeter.

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When shopping online, instead of going directly to the retailer’s website,  first go to easyfundraising.org.uk where you click on the retailer’s name and make your purchase. This tells the retailer that you came from easyfundraising and they  will give you a cash reward that you can turn into a donation for Careline. You won’t pay any more than if you shopped on the retailer’s website and easyfundraising will collect your donation, sending it on to us at no extra cost!

So far easyfundraising.org.uk have raised over £7 million for causes throughout the UK, so start online shopping for Careline!


Thank you to everyone who came along to support our Christmas Coffee Morning last Friday, where we raised a whopping £2052!

Everyone agreed what a lovely morning it was. As well as raising funds, it was an opportunity for our members to meet some of the volunteers that they speak to regularly on the phone, over a cup of tea and a mince pie. The Ashbourne Singers kindly came along too and entertained everyone with carols around the tree.

We’re very grateful to Whites of Ashbourne and Wyaston Nursery who generously provided items for our Christmas Raffle; to Claire Astbury for baking the delicious mince pies and the Ashbourne Singers for helping us to get into the festive spirit! To the staff at St Oswald’s Hospital and of course to our wonderful volunteers and members who always support our fundraising events by donating items, helping to organise or just by coming along on the day.




Join us for a mince pie from 10am on Friday the 5th of December, at our Christmas Coffee Morning in St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne.

We’ll have delicious cakes and preserves for sale; you’ll find some super Christmas present ideas at our  handicraft and  jewellery stalls; There will be a tombola, plus the opportunity to buy a ticket for our Christmas raffle – as always we have some fantastic prizes on offer including a luxury hamper worth £100, a £30 voucher for dinner at Whites of Ashbourne, a wine hamper, a basket of fruit and vegetables and a festive pot plant from Wyaston Nursery. We’re also very lucky to have the Ashbourne Singers coming along, to sing  carols around the tree.

Do pop in to see us for this fun festive morning and help to raise some important funds for our free telephone befriending service.


last night of the proms


Careline is  thrilled to have been presented with a cheque for £1000 by Ashbourne Rotary Club, during its recent Last Night of the Proms concert.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable  evening of uplifting music, which also demonstrated how lucky Ashbourne is to have so much musical talent.

Ashbourne Town Band conducted by Russell Bevin, led the Prom. Also taking part were popular local soprano Linda Perry-Smith, along with a talented young harpist and  two vocalists who won the recent Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition. Steve Duckworth, new Musical Director of the Ashbourne Singers, provided the piano accompaniment.

The audience had the opportunity to join in too, singing Rule Britannia amidst much flag waving. Everyone agreed what a fantastic night it had been!

Thank you to the Rotary Club for their generosity and hard work – this is a fantastic sum of money for Careline, which will help to keep our valuable service running.

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