Taunton care home residents have the need for speed at stock car racing day


Sherford Manor residents swapped tea and cakes for gears and brakes when they attended a stock car racing event at Smeatharpe Stadium.

The Taunton home, based on Wyvern Road, arranged the day at the races for a group of residents who wanted to brave the cold to experience the action.

Entertainment was provided by the vehicles and their fearless drivers, who drove laps and performed crashes into barriers and each other.

Louis du Toit, Activities Co-ordinator at Sherford Manor, said: “At Sherford Manor, we like to arrange exciting activities for our residents, and I doubt there are many care homes that have had an outing to the stock car racing.

“The residents had a fantastic time and all the staff at Smeathorpe Stadium were incredibly helpful. We can’t wait to arrange another visit in the summer.”

Katrina Ball, Home Manager at Sherford Manor, said: “When Louis suggested taking a group of residents to Smeathorpe Stadium, I thought it was a fantastic idea. It’s so easy to think that care homes only do garden fetes and cake sales, and not exciting outings like this one.

“It is important to us that our residents are engaged in the local community, and are able to have fun together. We would encourage more care homes to think outside the box, and find something a little bit different to brighten up an afternoon


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