All aboard! ­ Local care home residents take to canals for first time


022 005Residents from The Elms, the CLS-run care home in Crewe, took to the waterways recently when they embarked on a canal boat trip, some of them for the very first time. Staff from the home arranged the day out with the Mary Sunley Canal Boat Trust; a charity providing canal boat leisure trips for people with disabilities that usually make such activities difficult.


Beginning in Poynton, staff and residents took a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Macclesfield Canal, reaching as far as Marple, before heading back to disembark at the trust’s mooring at Lord Vernon’s Wharf.  The residents all had a fantastic time, as several of them had never been on a canal boat before, despite living so close to the famous Cheshire and Greater Manchester channels.


One resident, Shirley Parton, had a particularly wonderful trip, commenting: “I enjoyed every moment. I can see why people like to live like this; I’d like to myself!” Another resident, Dilys Hunt, was similarly impressed: “This was one of the best days out I’ve ever had. I’ve seen some things I’ve never seen in my entire life”. The Macclesfield Canal winds through some amazing countryside, full of beautiful wildlife.


Julie Parkinson, Activity Co-ordinator at The Elms, commented on the trip: “Everyone had such a nice time sailing up the canal, staff and volunteers included! It’s hard not to enjoy yourself in such peaceful surroundings.” She further commented: “We thought we’d try something a bit different, and it definitely paid off. Jenny Price, a Care Team Leader here at The Elms, has already taken a second group of residents on a similar trip, and that was a great success. I think I know what we’ll be doing for our next outing!”


The Elms’ Home Manager, Nick Brennan, also commented: “Our staff and volunteers are brilliant when it comes to giving the residents something fun and exciting to do, and this is just another example of a great idea paying off. All the residents who went came back thrilled, and that always creates a lovely atmosphere in the home. We’ll definitely be looking to do a similar trip again in the near future.”



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