Nightingale House resident hits the running track

Michael and AnnMichael and Ann

A Nightingale House resident in South London is taking on her first sponsored run at the age of 87.

Ann Rowe, who has been working with in-house physiotherapist Michael Stokes to build up her strength and mobility, is taking part in the 5k London race in September.

Ann said: “Nightingale has given me a new purpose in life, I’ve found a home for life and the staff at the home do everything they can to make our lives worthwhile and interesting.”

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The 87-year-old was wheelchair bound and dependent on the use of manual hoisting equipment to move around when she arrived at Nightingale House four years ago.

Since then, through weekly physio sessions with Michael, she has shown extraordinary progress and can now walk 40m unaided, get in and out of cars and generally move around a lot better.

Michael said: “Ann wanted to regain independence and take control of her life again, and I’m so pleased that physio has helped her achieve this. Ann has accomplished wonderful things since coming to Nightingale and I hope many more people are yet able to replicate similar success stories here at Nightingale Hammerson.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to help all of our residents by giving physiotherapy. I can’t wait to see Ann stride confidently over the finishing line on the day.”

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