Meldreth care home residents take part in walk for Alzheimer's charity in 'heartwarming' fundraising effort
PUBLISHED: 18:33 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 18:35 22 August 2017
Residents at Meldreth care home which specialises in dementia have taken part in a 2km fundraising walk to raise cash for research into the disease.
Maycroft Care Home in High Street is managed by Lynn Ward who said it was a “heartwarming sight” to see the residents take on their own charity challenge.
She told the Crow: “This year our residents decided they wished to undertake a sponsored walk for Alzheimer’s Research UK, a cause very close to our hearts.
“And it was amazing because when do you hear of care home residents doing their own fundraising challenge?
“All was planned and indeed took place on Sunday.
“The group left from the home and contined for 2km around the very picturesque village.
“Many residents went out on foot, with their zimmer frame or in their wheelchair with help of staff.
“People stopped their cars in the street to put money in buckets, and it was heartwarming to see.
“It was a fantastic day helped by glorious weather, and was thoroughly enjoyable for all who took part.
“Residents, staff, their families, and villagers all joined us – and afterwards we finished in Maycroft’s garden under our huge horse chestnut tree for drinks and homemade cakes.
“As you can imagine we are so thoroughly proud of those residents living with dementia who took part to help raise funds to help others in the future.
“Sometimes people forget that when you’ve got dementia – especially in the early stages – you do have a life and you can continue living it, so it was great our residents could be a part of this.
“We hope to raise our target of £1,000 – money is coming in and being counted and two residents who walked will present a cheque to a representative from Alzheimer’s Research UK during the early part of September.”
Maycroft, run by care provider Advinia Health Care, is currently home to 25 residents but will soon be able to cater for 50 – as Lynn said they are increasing in size to “help better serve the community”.
To find out more about the charity, which has a mission to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatement by 2025, see www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.
For more information on the care home go to www.advinia.co.uk/maycroft or call 01763 260217.