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Danshell Raises Money and Awareness on National 'Wear It Pink' Day

The staff at Danshell’s York office fully embraced national ‘Wear it Pink Day’ last Friday, raising lots of money and promoting awareness of this important charity.

With the help of Paul, a service user supported by Danshell who works in the York office, the staff sold and bought raffle tickets, arranged a sweepstake competition and donated delicious home baked cakes, sweets and other goodies for the prize draw on the Thursday ready for the big day.

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 Everyone turned up bright and early on the Friday and there was no shortage of pink jumpers, wigs and hats. Everyone was ready to dig deep for charity, and to eat lots of cakes and coffee, of course.

The event was a great success, raising £89.67 for the charity and bringing everyone together in the office for an enjoyable day. You can view photos and updates from the day on the Danshell Facebook or Twitter feed.

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Dianne Clark, our Office Manager in the York Regional Support Office, who facilitated the day and organised everything for the event. She went above and beyond for yet another charity and everyone had a great time!

When talking about the day, Dianne said:

“It was great to see staff dressed in pink, the pink sweepstake and pink cakes.  Fundraising was assisted by Paul (a service user) who thoroughly enjoyed himself. Thanks to all who supported the day!”

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For more information on Wear it Pink day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and breast cancer itself follow the link to the wear it pink website:

It is important to make sure that everyone has access to accessible information about Breast Cancer, and how to spot the signs. To download an Easy Read guide about Breast Cancer, follow this link :

Danshell to concentrate on core services

We have recently been drawing up investment plans following the completion of our strategy to solely concentrate on providing services for people living with a learning disability, autism and complex needs.

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Since expanding our portfolio with the acquisition of 20 sites two years ago, we have been reviewing our service provision in consultation with key stakeholders, including commissioners. This has led to the sale of several sites no longer core to the business.

Our Chief Executive, Andrew Murray, said: “We are embarking on an exciting new stage in the company’s development that will be achieved, as we always have done, in consultation with those we serve, family carers, staff, commissioners and other stakeholders.

“We will now focus on our core services for adults living with learning disabilities and autism. We plan to further invest in these services so we can continue to provide excellent support in environments which can meet individual needs.”

Mr Murray added: “In view of the company’s decision to focus onservices for adults with a learning disability and autism, the recent sales were in the best interests of service users and staff. Partnerships in Care is well-respected and it intends to continue to provide the high standards of care and support that Danshell offered at these services.”

Danshell supports people living with a learning disability or autism in specialist hospitals and residential locations. Its teams of highly skilled and caring staff take pride indelivering compassionate, effective and personalised care, which helps its service users achieve what they want out of life. We now own 23 sites across England and Scotland.

Darlington hospital supports autism fun run

Our Darlington hospital, Newbus Grange, supports autism fun run


A team of runners from our Newbus Grange hospital in Darlington have raised more than £350 for the North East Autism Society after completing the recent Run the Spectrum Fun Run.

With money still coming in the team, who all work at the hospital, hope to exceed this total, while raising awareness of Autism and dispelling some of the myths surrounding the condition.

More than 700 runners tackled the 5k route and were doused with brightly coloured powdered paint as they ran through five ‘colour zones’, adding to the sense of fun the occasion generated.

Newbus Grange near Darlington, County Durham is a 17 bed independent hospital providing specialist assessment and rehabilitation for men on the autistic spectrum with associated complex needs.

Newbus Grange manager Hazel Southern, who was one of the runners, said: “We all had a fantastic day and are pleased that we were able to raise money to support the North East Autism Society.

“The Society does fantastic work raising awareness of Autism and supporting individuals and families. Working with people with Autism is both challenging and rewarding and the work the Society does in raising awareness is invaluable.”

Our Services Are Raising Money for Great Charities!

On 1st July Trinity House hosted a ‘Blooming Tea Party’ in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care Nurses. Friends, family and neighbours had a great day and helped to raised £101. Staff and service users worked together to bake and decorate the dining room with their art work.

Irene Charfadi, activity coordinator at Trinity House said “ It is always a good day as we get out the fine china and the ‘proper teapots ‘ and service users enjoy getting waited on, just like in a nice wee tea room.”

On 30th May a garden party was held in the grounds at Newbus Grange to raise money for local charities. From the funds raised £30.00 was donated to the local village of Croft on Tees to help with the ‘Lewis Carroll’ celebrations. The author Lewis Carroll was brought up in Croft on Tees and this year is 150 years since the first publication of Alice in Wonderland. The money was used for refreshments at their recent Lewis Carroll memorabilia day which some service users attended.

A donation of £100 was also made to local charity ‘Clervaux Trust’ who specialise in offering training to disadvantaged young adults. At their local eco centre they provide agricultural training, pottery & textile making. They have even built a pizza oven from pig poo!

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Over the last few months, Annie Dodsworth, property assistant based in York has been raising as much money as possible for Cancer Research.

Annie completed a 5k (Race for Life) obstacle course in York on Saturday 4th July getting incredibly muddy in aid of raising awareness for breast cancer. Staff in the York office held a bake sale and 80’s Dress down day Friday 3rd July in support of Annie’s antics.

In addition to the 5k race she held a stall at a local car boot sale. In total Annie has raised over £300 for Cancer Research. Well done Annie!

Melissa Baynes, Charge Nurse at Thornfield Grange in Bishop Auckland has recently completed the moonlight walk in Edinburgh in aid of the breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. Melissa was inspired after a very close friend was diagnosed earlier this year with an aggressive form of inflammatory breast cancer.

She joined other fundraisers on the walk which took place on 13th June in Edinburgh at midnight. Melissa managed the course in 8 hours and 6 minutes, without any training the going was hard but with support from the other fundraisers and the people of Edinburgh everyone kept going. She raised a fantastic £420 for Walk the Walk.

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