Thirsk care home welcomes local cycling hero to celebrate fundraising success

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Sowerby House is celebrating after raising £205 for Macmillan, and receiving a visit from fundraiser Jim Bumby and councillor Hazel Dalgliesh-Brown for afternoon tea.

The Thirsk-based home, on Front Street, raised money for the charity in support of Jim, the nephew of one of Sowerby House’s residents, who cycled with his brother-in-law Simon from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 15 days for the cancer charity.

The duo hoped to raise £3,000, however they have already beaten that target, with the current total sitting at nearly £3,500.

Jim took the floor at Sowerby House to deliver a short speech about his cross-country adventure and offered congratulations to the home for their fundraising efforts.

The home raised the money by hosting a garden party and a raffle.

Katie Hodgson, Deputy Manager at Sowerby House, said: “The residents were very keen to raise money for Macmillan, as it is a charity close to all of our hearts. We are delighted that Jim and Simon did so well, and that Jim was able to come and tell the residents about the journey.

“It is essential to the care and well-being of our residents that we do in activities that make them feel part of the local community. We enjoy coming up with stimulating and interesting fundraising ideas as part of our varied activities package.”

Jim Bumby said: “I was delighted that Sowerby House decided to sponsor me in my cycle ride for Macmillan with the money raised at its garden party. It meant a great deal to me, as my auntie is a resident at Sowerby House, and it was great that she was able to get involved with our fundraising efforts.

“Macmillan is a very important charity to me as, like most people, I have friends and family who have been helped by its nurses. It offers fantastic support to both patients and their families, and it was a pleasure to raise money to help them continue their amazing work.”

Sowerby House forms part of Larchwood Care and provides residential care for up to 40 older people.

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