Charlie Stickland, aged nine, took on the ambitious challenge of completing a 200km sponsored bike ride to raise money in honour of his great, great-uncle, Fred Mayhead – a former resident of Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home. Fred sadly passed away earlier this year, aged 86 and so Charlie decided to take to his bike to raise money for the home in Farnham who cared for his great, great-uncle for six years after he suffered a stroke.
The cycle challenge took place across Spencers Wood, near Reading, and involved Charlie riding different routes across the local area to make up the miles. His family supported him in his challenge, cycling alongside to encourage him in reaching his goal. The target of 200km was reached within one month and a total of £1,000 was raised, thanks to the kind donations of friends and family.
Commenting on his challenge, Charlie Stickland, said: “I felt very sad when Uncle Fred died and wanted to do something nice in his memory. All the people that looked after him were very kind so I decided to raise money for the care home so that the staff, and residents, could buy something they would enjoy and that would make them happy.” Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home has decided to purchase a tree and a bench with the donation, which will sit in the home’s garden and feature a plaque in honour of Fred. Fred was regularly visited at Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home by his extensive family, including his wife Jean, two children, four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
During their visits they’d see Fred regularly enjoying the home’s facilities and getting involved in activities, such as singing. Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home Manager, Sudhir Sijapati, adds: “We’re so thankful to Charlie for his tremendous efforts and generosity in donating his fund-raising money to us at Waverley Grange. His uncle Fred was a fantastic man and joy to have around the home. He’d always welcome our team with a warm smile and cheery hello and participated regularly in activities, we particularly enjoyed hearing him sing. “The bench will be placed in Fred’s favourite spot in the garden, where he would sit and enjoy time with his wife, Jean. It’s a wonderful gesture which we’re so grateful to Charlie for, we hope to honour him, and his great, great-uncle by enjoying sunny afternoons out in the garden on our new bench.” The Waverley Grange Bupa Care Home welcomes anyone in need of nursing or residential care, for short or permanent stays. For further information, please visit https://www.bupa.co.uk/care-services/care-homes/waverley-grange-farnham