Care home resident Annie Hardy, who turned 104 in June, has taken on Cancer Research’s Race for Life in Blackheath alongside her fellow residents and staff members of RMBI Care Co. Home Prince George Duke of Kent Court, in Chislehurst.
Three residents and 12 staff members donned personalised pink t-shirts, tutus and sun hats and set off on their Home’s minibus to take part in the 3k event on Blackheath Common on Sunday 25 June.
At 104, the event’s organisers welcomed Annie when the team arrived and announced she was the oldest participant in the race. Throughout the race crowds cheered Annie on as the Home’s Business Relationship Manager, Fiona Hodges, pushed her in her wheelchair. Resident Marguerite Brosnahan, aged 84, overcame her battle with cancer over 40 years ago and was determined to walk across the finishing line by herself and ring the bell. Collectively the team raised over £1400 with Gift Aid towards Cancer Research’s valuable work.
Nina Stephens, Home Manager, said:
“It was a magical day! When Annie’s name was called out over the microphone we received huge cheers from the crowds, which was encouraging for the whole team to push on through the heat. “
Resident, Annie Hardy, said, “I had a fantastic time. People were waving and wishing me luck the whole way around; I was treated like royalty!”