Ken Williamson, a resident at Appleby House care home in Epsom, has won the Oomph! Factor award, which commended the 93-year old for his impressive exercise regime.
Oomph! is a specialist social enterprise that creates “fun, inclusive and effective exercise classes for older adults”.
Mr Williamson won the Ooomph! Factor award for embracing ballroom dancing with such enthusiasm.
Activity coordinator at Appleby House, Jacqueline Dye, who nominated Mr Williamson for the award, said “Ken is always waiting at the door for our Oomph! sessions to start, he loves exercise and used to do ballroom dancing with his wife who unfortunately now can no longer dance. Ken is so enthusiastic during the sessions and gets up to join me for a waltz. When Ken first arrived at Appleby House he used to sit in his unit and was unwilling to come out, now he is dancing his days away and is so much happier and always smiling.”
Mr Williamson adds: “It takes me back to the old days. It rejuvenates me both of mind and spirit of my days as a youngster in the forces and civilian life with my dear wife of 66 years.”
His prize for winning the competition was a professional ballroom dancing lesson, and an ‘Oomph! Party’ at the home, including a bespoke cinema experience of some classic dance hall moments.
Shona Bradbury, Manager at Appleby House, a Care UK home, said “We have seen a reduction in falls this month which I think is down to the Oomph! classes. The visual aspects of Oomph! work really well in getting residents engaged. We have residents, staff and relatives all joining in Oomph! Sessions – they really lift the mood of the home. Instructor Jacqueline is revelling in her role as an Oomph! Instructor, she consistently delivers enthusiastic, confident and engaging sessions. She is adored by residents.”