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Windsor and Maidenhead care homes play their part in gruelling 800-mile charity bike ride

May 20th 2019

 

Residents and team members at Mountbatten Grange and Queen’s Court in Windsor, alongside Clara Court in Maidenhead, played their part in a nationwide fundraising drive last week as part of Care UK’s pledge to raise thousands of pounds for three important charities through an initiative called Ride 800.

Mountbatten Grange -Ride 800

Andrew Knight, chief executive of residential care, Jacqui White, marketing director, and Tony Weedon, strategic programme director, are visiting 26 home as part of a gruelling 800-mile challenge.  They are spending 15 days cycling from Poole to Aberdeen – the locations of Care UK’s most southerly and northerly homes to raise money for the Care Workers Charity, the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

The three care home teams put on a warm welcome for the intrepid cyclists with a fine dining evening at Mountbatten Grange, on Helston Lane, where they spent the night, followed by a hearty breakfast at Queen’s Court, on Dedworth Road, and a musical performance from residents and team members at Clara Court, on Courthouse Road, the next day. They were also able to share details of their own fundraising ventures which will be added to the overall total. So far, thanks to the combined effort of the homes and the riders, over £19,000 has been raised, smashing the original £15,000 target.

As well as hosting a celebratory event for the Ride 800 team and the fundraising venture, residents at the homes have also decorated old bicycles with ribbon and coloured tissue paper to provide a traditional elite cycling welcome for the riders. In addition, Anthony Browne, home manager at Queen’s Court, joined the three directors on one of the ride stages. 

Queens Court - Ride 800

Residents who wanted to relive old cycling memories were also given a chance to have a go on the supported cycle which is being transported around all of the 26 homes in the support vehicle that goes with the riders. Once the gruelling 800-mile ride is over, the directors will present the supported cycle to the home that they think created the best themed decorated bike. The supported cycle allows two people to cycle side by side with only one rider having to pedal.  It proved a very popular mode of transport while it was at the homes.

Commenting on the residents’ involvement in Care UK’s Ride 800 initiative, Anthony Browne, home manager at Queen’s Court, said: “Residents and colleagues at the homes have always been enthusiastic supporters of good causes, so when we learnt that we could help Care UK raise a five-figure sum for these three important charities, we jumped at the chance. It was great to be able to tell our directors first-hand how much we’ve raised, and we were proud to host their visit.”

Clara Court - Ride 800

Andrew Knight said: “Even though all three of us have been putting in the training hours, I think it’s fair to say that the reality of such a challenge is becoming very real, and it’s been a true test of our endurance both mentally and physically. A big motivating factor has been the inspiring efforts of the homes we are visiting and their creativity and energies in planning special fund-raising events and activities. Residents and our colleagues are well known for their warm and friendly welcomes which has been key to keeping our motivation levels high and I’d like to say thank you to everyone in the 26 homes, and our Colchester support office, for joining in with our fundraising so enthusiastically.”

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