Throughout March, staff at Brendoncare Froxfield nursing home are cycling 4,000 miles on an exercise bike to enable them to travel the equivalent distance of Froxfield to Fargo in United States.
The staff have packed their virtual bags and, with the help of cheering and support from the nursing home residents, the team of cyclists are turning the pedals thousands of times to cycle a minimum of 129 miles every day to enable them to reach their target of 4,000 by the end of March.
The challenge is aiming to raise funds towards a homely refurbishment of the lounge space at Brendoncare Froxfield for their residents to enjoy. The lounge is the heart of the home and they want to make it extra cosy by installing a bigger television, homely furnishings, new curtains and an electric log burner.
Resident Ann Tapper commented,
“They are all doing so well. A makeover will be lovely and a log burner will make it nice and cosy, and some colour too.”
Jodie Cannings, Administration Assistant, at Brendoncare Froxfield, said,
“It’s incredibly tough, my legs are aching! The team here is amazing and very dedicated, all departments are getting involved, pedalling through lunchbreaks, before and after hours, and attaching keyboards to the bike! Everyone knows the positive impact a homely refurbishment of our main lounge will bring to our residents and this is really spurring everyone on through their aches and pains!”
And Clare Brown, Care Assistant, added,
“To be honest when I first heard about the challenge, I was like 12 hours on my feet then exercise bike no chance…but it’s been brilliant, the atmosphere is great, residents have walked past and taken an interest, my legs are now pedalling away!”
Brendoncare Froxfield is run by Winchester-based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation. It is situated between Hungerford and Marlborough and is a nursing home which caters 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.
More information about Brendoncare Froxfield can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk or by telephoning 01488 684916, firstname.lastname@example.org. To visit their Just Giving page, click here.