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Sign up for our 20 for 20 Accumulator Challenge!

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We are looking for 20 individuals, groups or businesses to take part in our 20th Anniversary Accumulator! Just pledge £20 and with it, carry out as many fundraising activities or events as you can. You have until October to double, triple or even quadruple your £20. From bake sales to car washes, guess the baby photos and dress down days, the possibilities are endless! Fancy it? Prizes for the winner! For more information, click here. To enter, fill in the registration form here – https://www.cognitoforms.com/WiseWetherbyInSupportOfTheElderly/_20For20AccumulatorChallengeForm
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WiSE hails big increase in older people contact as services expand

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is heralding a big increase in interactions with older people as it continues to expand its work across the district. WiSE had more than 18,000 interactions with older people in 2023- a 50 per cent increase on the year before. The figure coincides with an expansion of the charity’s work during the last 12 months- including a new memory café which received almost 400 visits from those living with dementia and their carers. At least 9,500 people visited the popular WiSE Owl Café, whilst just under 5,000 attended the charity’s packed activities programme-…
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WiSE boss to hit Leeds streets to help meet dementia demand

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s Chief Operating Officer is donning his running shoes for dementia, after residents’ demands for extra support. Mark Dobson – who has just celebrated his 60th birthday, will raise money for WiSE when he runs in the Leeds 10km race in June. Every penny Mark earns in sponsorship will go towards expanding the charity’s dementia services, after a public consultation revealed three quarters of local people think more help is needed where they live. Mark said: “Feedback from our residents and supporters really confirmed to me the scale of the issue and the desperate need…
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Time capsule planted to mark WiSE’s 20 years of success

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A time capsule has been planted to help mark a much-loved Wetherby older persons charity’s two decades of support. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is marking 20 years of helping older people across Wetherby and its surrounding villages, with the historic capsule burial the latest part of its celebrations. The charity hopes the time capsule containing artefacts and a letter from its leader will offer future generations a window into its past. WiSE Chief Operating Officer Mark Dobson, said: “We’re incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved in the last 20 years and thought a time capsule would be…
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West End star wows at WiSE’s 20th birthday celebrations

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s birthday celebrations went down with a bang when it welcomed a major West End star to perform at its biggest musical bash to date. Michael Watson- aka Franki Valli- performed hits including ‘Sherry’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ from the Jersey Boys musical, alongside fellow members of his The Four Seasons tribute – The Jersey Rollers. Debbie, activities coordinator at WiSE said: “What an amazing night we had celebrating our 20th year. We were really excited to be bringing a West End star of this magnitude to Wetherby- and the band didn’t let…
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