STAFF and residents donned fancy dress and laced up their walking shoes to raise cash for care homes.
The group – made up of people from three homes – took on the challenge of walking from South Shields to Seaburn, raising more than £1,000 for the residents’ fund.
Lesley Dawson, home manager of Ashton Grange in St Luke’s Road, said activities like this are important to keep residents – including those of Ashbourne Lodge, Ashbrooke, and Orchard Mews, Newcastle, who took part – active.
“We were keen to do something to raise funds so that the residents can enjoy more days out now that the sun is shining,” she said. “Our residents do activities with nearby homes regularly, so our activities coordinator suggested doing something with staff from other homes.
“We were taken aback by the response we received at the idea, and about 30 staff took part.”
Three residents from Ashton Grange took part in the walk with the staff – Irene Bull, 90, from Ford Estate, Thomas Scott, 85, and his wife Doreen, 82, of Pallion.
Lesley, who has worked at Ashton Grange for three years, said: “We would have liked to have more residents taking part, but it is difficult manoeuvring the wheelchairs. Doreen walked with the staff, and Irene and Thomas were pushed in their wheelchairs.
“They thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
The walk also kicked off the HC-One’s campaign for Falls Week – a national campaign – held from June 17 to 21.
“We thought we would start promoting Falls Week early,” Lesley said. “Because it is important to us that people should know the dangers of falls for older people.
“The campaign runs across the whole country and we will carry on promoting it in June.”
HC-One regional managing director, Paula Keys, said: “HC-One aims to provide the kindest care, and this is such a brilliant example of staff going above and beyond the line of duty for residents. HC-One congratulates the staff from all the homes involved.”