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Ho ho ho! WiSE appeals for handmade Christmas cards to send a yuletide smile

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Wetherby’s leading older persons charity is appealing for handmade Christmas cards for its a popular postal scheme designed to reduce isolation and loneliness. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) would like volunteers to help them ‘send a smile’ to over 60s over the festive period – and say that someone is thinking of them. This is the second Christmas card appeal for WiSE’s postal scheme, which has become so popular; the charity says it is nearing its 2,000th item of post sent. Melody Mills, Send a Smile Scheme coordinator, said: “Christmas can be a lonely time for many –…
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Wetherby widower hail’s WiSE befriending scheme’s loneliness support

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A lonely Wetherby widower has hailed the support he’s had from a charity befriending scheme, ahead of a major national awareness week. Peter Haddsley, aged 87, missed the company of his wife Christine when she sadly passed away several years ago. That prompted his granddaughter to contact the town’s leading older persons charity Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE). Peter was then matched with WiSE volunteer Mike Brannen, aged 75- and now the charity is using their story to help mark national Befriending Week (1 to 7 November). Peter said: “When my wife passed away, I wanted a bit…
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Long serving WiSE volunteer reflects on 20 year milestone

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One of Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s (WiSE) longest serving volunteers has hailed its impact on older people’s lives, as the organisation prepares to mark its 20 year anniversary. Beryl Hughes, from Harrogate has volunteered for WiSE for 18 years. Here, she reflects on the charity’s growth to meet an increasing demand for its services- as well as the joy she has gained volunteering at its broad range of activities and events. “I started my volunteering journey with WiSE around 18 years ago, which was a result of a dear friend’s husband’s dementia diagnosis. I attended a training session…
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West End star to headline WiSE’s 20th birthday celebrations

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s (WiSE) birthday celebrations will hit new heights when it welcomes a major West End star to perform at its biggest musical bash to date. WiSE celebrates 20 years supporting older people across the district next month- and now it’s lined up a star of smash hit show ‘Jersey Boys’ to perform a string of tracks at its fundraising anniversary party. Michael Watson- aka Franki Valli- will sing songs including ‘Sherry’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ from the musical alongside fellow members of his The Four Seasons tribute act. Debbie, activities coordinator at WiSE…
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WiSE consultation reveals dementia services demand

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Three quarters of people who answered a survey have told Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) that more dementia services are needed in their area. The finding forms part of the results of a major annual consultation delivered by WiSE to find out more about what people of all ages think about services in their community. WiSE has thanked almost 100 people from across Wetherby and its surrounding villages for having their say via a survey and events, with the results helping the charity to decide how to develop its work and partnerships in the future. Mark Dobson, Chief…
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