Brian’s silence helps raise funds for Children in Need

Avon Cliff resident Shirley Wilson attempts the ‘holding the jelly on the spoon’ challenge. With her are Companionship team members Paulina Trzcinska and Brian Knight.
Avon Cliff resident Shirley Wilson attempts the ‘holding the jelly on the spoon’ challenge. With her are Companionship team members Paulina Trzcinska and Brian Knight.

One of our most talkative personalities dressed up as Pudsey and stayed completely silent for four hours to help residents and fellow colleagues raise funds for Children in Need.

Popular Brian Knight stayed tight-lipped despite all manner of temptations put his way at Avon Cliff in Bournemouth.

“It was really hard for him as he talks all the time,” said Companionship team colleague Sharon Surgeon. “We were joking beforehand that he would be giving the whole home a break, but he made it, and well done to him.”

After wearing a mask that read ‘I mustn’t talk’ all through his sponsored silence, Brian said: “It’s quite a challenge for someone as chatty as me to stay quiet for four hours in a Pudsey outfit and with people all around but I was pleased to have achieved it for a great cause.”

The fun at Avon Cliff continued with a challenge: holding a large spoon of jelly. “It was much harder than it sounds,” said Sharon.

Resident Lois Barber said: “It was great fun taking part in all the Children in Need activities. We laughed so much.

“At the same time, we’re always happy to help children who are disadvantaged as they deserve the very best of luck with their start in life.”

Among Children in Need activities at other homes was a five-hour indoor rowing machine challenge completed by Laura Sheldrake, Companionship team leader at St Catherines View in Winchester.

Laura said: “It was a long day and I was absolutely exhausted at the end but it was great fun. Colleagues kept me going with doughnuts and cake.”

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