Twelve riders made up of staff at Barnes Court, their partners and family members of residents at the home formed the cycling squad who took part in the sponsored coastal bike ride dubbed ‘Le Tour de Shields’.
The route stretched a total of 7.5 miles, with riders making their way from sister care home Garden Hill Care Home in South Shields back to Barnes Court in High Barnes, Sunderland. Both homes are operated by care providers Countrywide Care Homes, one of the UK’s leading care providers.
On their return the cyclists were presented with medals and trophies before celebrating with residents with a champagne toast and party in the home’s bar.
Speaking about the ride, Julie Haram, the Activities Coordinator at Barnes Court, Said: “It was a tough challenge for all of us, especially since many of us hadn’t been on a bike for years, but everyone made an amazing effort and refused to give up. The prospect of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and for the home, which is so close to our hearts, made it all worthwhile!
The Barnes Court team raised over £500 in sponsorship money which will be split between charity Macmillan Cancer Support and the home’s Residents’ fund, which goes towards additional life-enhancing services such as outings and social events so that those in care to continue to live life to the fullest.
Based in High Barnes, Barnes Court is a purpose built nursing home which provides residential, nursing and dementia care for the elderly as well as specialist care for young adults with physical disabilities.
Joanne Steele, Manager of the Home, who also took part in the bike ride, said: “At Barnes Court we are always so proud of our staff’s willingness to demonstrate such commitment and dedication to the people that they care for and their families. We are hugely appreciative of the efforts of the families, staff and friends that look part.”