Leading retirement village operator, LifeCare Residences, has raised £8,382 for The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust following its Route 66 bike ride from their Grove Place retirement community in Romsey, Hampshire, to Battersea Place, opposite Battersea Park in London.
As the second consecutive year that LifeCare Residences has embarked on this bike-led charity fundraiser, the decision was made to support The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust due to its commitment to supporting elderly people in need in the Trust’s area of benefit. Making provisions for 130 pensions as well as over 3,500 annual grants that total over £500,000, The Trust supports residents living in the old Metropolitan Borough of Hampstead.
Geoff Berridge, Chairman of the Trustees of The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust expressed his gratitude to the supporters of Lifecare Residences’ annual bike ride, who have enabled the Trust to give a £60 Sainsbury’s voucher to the Trust pensioners.
A team of 21 cyclists undertook the 92 mile cross country challenge, headed up by cycling enthusiasts Richard Davis, Chief Executive Officer of LifeCare Residences, and Craig Percy, Chief Operating Officer, accompanied by representatives from both retirement communities, including Cliff Hasler, General Manager at Grove Place.
Joining the team for the journey’s home stretch were Helen Pickering and Sir John Goulden, both residents of Battersea Place, who completed the final 12 miles of the trip. Pedalling from Hampton Court to Battersea Place, the duo demonstrated the ongoing benefits of regular exercise into retirement.
Once all participants had crossed the finish line, the triumphant cyclists celebrated their achievement with an American-themed party at Battersea Place.
Richard Davis, CEO, LifeCare Residences, comments;
“We are delighted to repeat our Route 66 charity fundraiser for the second consecutive year, and that so many of our colleagues – and residents, were able to participate. As well as being a worthwhile endeavour for the community, the bike ride also helps us to promote our core belief that, with regular exercise and the help of our dedicated fitness and care teams, our residents can enjoy prolonged good health, as well as the freedom to retain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible.”