Care home has brilliantly potty way to raise charity cash

Sue Macfarlane, activities co-ordinator at Wayside Care Home, with plant pots produced by residents, including Michael Trow and Bryan Turner

Sue Macfarlane, activities co-ordinator at Wayside Care Home, with plant pots produced by residents, including Michael Trow and Bryan Turner

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RESIDENTS at a Bromsgrove care home have joined in a potty project to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Sue Macfarlane, activities co-ordinator at Wayside Care Home in New Road, is in remission nearly six years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Now residents are helping her to raise money for the Bromsgrove and Redditch Bosom Friends, a support group which has helped in her battle.

And their latest effort is to paint flower pots, planted with pink cyclamen and crocuses, and mugs to sell for the charity.

Mrs Macfarlane, who recently turned 50, said: “The residents have been right behind me ever since I was diagnosed.

“They sent cards and wishes while I was being treated and, since I’ve been back at work, have helped with my fundraising efforts.

“Thanks to all the treatment I received at Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, and Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry, and the support from Bosom Friends, I will be able to see my first grandchild born, who is due on February 21.

“The specialist breast cancer nurses at Bosom Friends, Amanda Batten and Julie Weston, work so hard and are so professional that I wanted to raise as much money as possible to support them and other women like me.”

Mrs Macfarlane, with help from residents, has raised a total of around £500 for the charity in the last five years.

In October, residents and staff wore pink to raise about £35 for Bosom Friends and Mrs Macfarlane has since made a wedding bouquet for a friend, bringing in another £10, and is currently selling some fabric bouquets.

Together with the money raised by the sale of the pots and mugs, she will hand over a cheque to the charity at its Christmas party on December 10.

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