Stourbridge carers challenge their sweet tooth and take on charity

(L-R) Iqra Bhatti, Anita Pearce, Pat Shields and Rachel Garratt

Employees from local home care company, Home Instead Stourbridge, Hagley and Halesowen have taken part in a ‘De-chox’ fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation, raising a grand total of £501 for the national charity.

The charity campaign challenged individuals to give up chocolate for the month of March, and to raise money and awareness for the charity.

As well as challenging chocoholics to tackle their addictions, the ‘De-chox’ campaign aims to help people kick-start healthier habits including regular exercise and healthier snacking, as well as raising awareness for those with heart and circulatory diseases and everyone’s overall health and wellbeing.

A total of six members of the Home Instead Stourbridge team took part, including three office staff and three Care Professionals; Iqra Bhatti, Anita Pearce, Pat Shields, Rachel Garratt, Jenna Bemrose and Nicola Taylor.

Tackling this difficult feat, the de-choxxers received sponsorships for their endeavour, raising an amazing grand total of £501. Home Instead also donated a large amount towards the campaign, recognising the achievement of their team and the lengths they had gone to raise awareness for an important cause. Peter Bath, owner of Home Instead Stourbridge, Hagley and Halesowen said:

“We are very proud of our team members who took on the challenge and cut out chocolate for a whole month. I am sure they are looking forward to celebrating with an Easter egg each!

“We work with so many clients who suffer from heart and circulatory problems, which impact their everyday lives. But these issues are present across the whole population and are not widely understood – we were happy to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, but also to raise awareness for cardiovascular illnesses and the signs of spotting them early.”

To find out more about Home Instead Stourbridge, Hagley and Halesowen and the companionship-led home care services they provide across the local area, please call 01562 548835 or visit


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