Staff from a Cardiff-based care home have raised more than £2,500 for Dementia Awareness Week, by walking 100 kilometres each over thirty days.
The team at Heol Don Bupa Care Home wanted to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity that is close to their hearts, with Heol Don Care Home holding a Dementia Residential community within the setting.
Dementia Action Week is led by the Alzheimer’s Society and is a national event that sees the public coming together to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
The care home staff needed to walk on average more than three kilometres a day and while some preferred early morning walks, others liked to take a stroll over lunch time to cover the necessary ground.
Together, the group exceeded their target of £1,000 and raised £1,270, which has been match funded by Bupa to create a total of £2,540. Each walker was presented with a cheque and a medal to mark the accolade.
Joanne Western who works as a Healthcare Assistant at Heol Don Bupa Care Home and took on the challenge, said: “While some of us had sore feet towards the end of the 100 kilometres it was completely worthwhile."
"It was a challenge that meant not only were we helping to raise money for a charity close to our hearts, but we were keeping ourselves fit in the process”.
“Many of us are going to continue our daily walks as we feel much healthier and more energised. It was a win win all round and we’re all so pleased that we have made our own little contribution to the cause.”
Laura Sadler, Community Fundraiser at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are very grateful to the team at Heol Don Care Home for taking on a brilliant challenge and raising a fantastic amount of money for Alzheimer’s Society. Without support from people like yourselves, we couldn't provide vital services or fund our ground-breaking dementia research."
"You are helping to support people affected by dementia today whilst funding research into a cure for the future. Diolch yn fawr"
Kate Stephens, Home Manager at Heol Don Bupa Care Home, said: “I’m extremely proud of the team for what they’ve achieved and how much they have raised for a charity we all feel very passionate about. They’re already talking about their next challenge so I’m excited to hear what they will think of next.”
Heol Don Care Home is situated in Cardiff and welcomes residents in need of nursing or residential care. For further information, please visit https://www.bupa.co.uk/care-services/care-homes/heol-don-cardiff