A lifelong Greater Manchester resident, who previously required the use of a wheelchair, is walking again and socialising after moving to the Belong Wigan’s Honeysuckle Court independent living apartments.
Celia Ridyard has even raised over £300 for Breast Cancer UK by clocking up 250,000 steps a month after benefiting from the village’s activities programme, which includes a personalised exercise plan.
At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, Celia’s family, many of whom are key workers, were worried about the risk posed by coronavirus and that she may become lonely as a result of being required to isolate.
This and declining mobility were behind Celia’s move to Belong Wigan in Platt Bridge. Moving into an apartment there meant that Celia, who was left paralysed from the neck down as a result of an autoimmune disease, could retain her independence while having the peace of mind of 24-hour emergency support and a vibrant community on her doorstep.
Celia’s family said her motivation to attend activities with new friends had got her walking again.
“When she was at home, she had no reason to walk very far,” said granddaughter, Katie. “Now she’s got her friends to do everything with. As a result, the improvement in her confidence is amazing. Not only has her mobility improved significantly, she’s much happier – it was definitely the right decision to make the move to Belong Wigan.”