Milton Keynes care company raises £500 for the elderly

This campaign was designed to bring people together safely through this testing pandemic.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:32 pm

At-home care company, Home Instead Milton Keynes, raised £500 for the Bring Joy Foundation with its ‘Challenge 500’ campaign.

Sarah Freshwater, community engagement lead, raised money by doing a sponsored silence for 500 minutes (eight hours and 20 minutes). Sarah’s aim was not to only raise money, but to raise awareness of loneliness, and other illnesses which may affect speech, such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s.

Sarah said: “The fantastic outcome of the Challenge 500 fundraising campaign means the charity can carry on supporting community groups all over the UK with grants to fund activities that support well-being, or programmes to reduce and/or prevent isolation and loneliness.

Home Instead caregiver Helen Hayward during her sponsored dog walk.

“We would love to see the grants going back into our local community. So, if you are part of a community group or a charity who works with over 55's, please contact the Bring Joy Foundation to apply for a grant.”

Caregiver Helen Hayward owns a dog walking business. She raised £65 towards to the total by collecting donations from her customers. Helen also raised money through sponsored dog walks

The Bring Joy Foundation is designed to support the UK's aging population by funding causes that reduce or prevent isolation. An especially important cause during the pandemic, where everyone will have felt disconnected from their friends and family, to some degree, over the past 12 months.

To find out more about the Bring Joy Foundation and how to apply for a Bring Joy grant, please call 01925 730 273, email [email protected] or visit

Sarah Freshwater, community engagement lead, during her 500 minute sponsored silence.