Last Friday, 5th September, Activity Co-ordinator, Fleur Parratt from Court Regis, Middletune Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent; one of dementia care experts Avante Care & Support’s care homes, completed the Ben Nevis Midnight Challenge to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Climbers begin the challenge in the early hours of the night by torch and moonlight with the sole aim of reaching the top of Ben Nevis. The challenge is tough with long dark hours made harder due to the lack of sunlight, but made all the more rewarding for its purpose. After reaching the top, climbers are treated to the spectacle of the sunrise as they gather themselves for the descent back down.
Fleur worked hard to the build up to the event with long beach walks and swimming almost every day to make sure she was ready for the climb.
Afterwards Fleur commented; “Well… I DID IT!! Not quite sure how, it was the hardest thing I have ever done!! It was 10 miles up and down and took 8 and half hours, 5 up, 3 and a half down, in dreadful conditions. The mist came in thick and fast and it was difficult to see more than a few feet ahead. By half way the weather really began to turn, heavy sleety rain and even an ice plateau to cross about an hour from the summit.
We finally made the summit at about 3am. Coming down was very hard, almost harder than going up as the rocks were so slippery and again it was impossible to see more than a few feet ahead. We made it back to base camp about 7.30am in time for a lovely breakfast and desperately needed cup of tea!”
Avante Care and Support have a dedicated, well trained, workforce, who understand and work to shared values, which is at the heart of good care. They understand dementia and are there to support the families as well as the residents. Their mission is to enhance quality of life by providing creative support that respects individual choices and aspirations. This is what sets them apart from other care services and is their primary goal.