Staff and residents at a Greater Manchester care home have completed a 500-mile cycling challenge to raise funds for an interactive activities table.
The ‘Tour de Manchester’ was held at Ideal Carehomes’ De Brook Lodge care home in Flixton.
Lifestyle Manager, Danielle Aikenhead, organised the event and even included residents from neighbouring Ideal Carehomes in the fun. Residents from neighbouring care homes including Ash Tree House in Wigan, sent videos of encouragement, waving from their windows and gardens wishing the De Brook Lodge cyclists good luck.
De Brook Lodge resident, Rosemary Turner, said: “The cycling challenge has been marvellous! It has been brilliant seeing our cycling team getting so involved, I was so glad to be able to take part and add some distance to our tracker on behalf of my home. I also loved seeing residents from other care homes, it really gave us a boost to continue after hearing their messages!”
Using stationary foot pedal machines with built in pedometers to track their progress, residents could complete their ‘Tour de Manchester’ cycle from the comfort of their armchairs.
Staff created a mileage counter which was proudly displayed in the social lounge and updated each day with the latest total distance travelled.
Danielle said: “I am absolutely blown away by the commitment of our team and residents to achieve 500 miles. Everyone in the team has been brilliant at planning the cycles and our residents have truly embraced it, we have seen so many friendships arise it has been lovely!
“We are thrilled to have raised enough money to now purchase an interactive activities table which will help to stimulate cognitive function, improve dexterity and entertain residents through fun, targeted interactive apps – I know it’ll fit well into our activities schedule!”