Staff at Brendoncare Froxfield are delighted to have achieved their goal of cycling 4,000 miles on an exercise bike. During the 31 days of March they cycled the equivalent distance of Froxfield to Fargo in United States. And raised over £1300 too.
The staff team cycled an average of 129 miles per day between them. They pedalled through lunch breaks, before and after hours, on their non-working days and even attached their keyboards to the bike with elastic bands! They were cheered on and supported by the nursing home residents whilst they turned the pedals thousands of times to reach their goal.
The challenge raised funds for a homely refurbishment of the lounge space at Brendoncare Froxfield for residents to enjoy. The lounge is the heart of the home and they wanted to make it extra cosy by installing a bigger television, homely furnishings, new curtains and an electric log burner.
Resident Iris Cooper commented,
“They all kept on going, all of them having a go. I really enjoyed watching and cheering them on.”
And Rachel Smith, House Keeper, at Brendoncare Froxfield, said,
“This challenge was very hard work. It was worth giving up my own time for our residents to have a new look lounge; I can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces!”
Laura Brown, Activities Coordinator, said,
“What a challenge! What a team! We did it, our amazing team here at Froxfield all pedalled through. It was hard going but the support from everyone was awesome and what an achievement! To see the residents faces when we ‘make over’ the lounge for them all to enjoy will be priceless. It will just go to prove it was all worth it in the end. Go Team Froxfield!
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us and donated to our challenge. We are absolutely delighted to have raised £1300 towards the refurbishment of our lounge space. The residents are already deciding on designs and colours for the new furnishings and curtains, they are really excited.
“We will now take a rest and look forward to taking on another challenge soon!”
Brendoncare Froxfield is run by Winchester-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation. It is situated between Hungerford and Marlborough and is a nursing home for 44 residents and includes a specialist 16 bed dementia care household. Froxfield has been specifically designed to enable older people to live independent, happy and fulfilling lives.
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