A dedicated team from Paisley Lodge Care Home in Armley, Leeds, recently completed a 10-mile sponsored walk from Armley to Shipley, covering over 30,000 steps each and fundraising a total of £692.00.
The group of six, along with one of their pet dogs, battled through torrential rain, minor injuries (including blisters) and being struck by a tree branch to raise funds for the lovely residents at Paisley Lodge.
After a very isolated and challenging year, the staff decided they wanted to go the extra mile and give back to residents and their families by raising money for a celebratory summer festival, organised by Elizabeth Garbutt, Activities Coordinator.
Care homes across the UK closed their doors to external visitors last year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Paisley Lodge staff were able to keep everyone’s spirits high with the exceptional support and quality of care they provided. Maintaining residents independence, dignity, and communication with families was a top priority for the entire team, alongside upholding the safety of their residents.
With the hope of spending this summer out of lockdown, the group bravely took on the challenge and are now confident that they’ll be able to safely host residents and their loved ones for a special day dedicated to spending quality time with one another, catching up on the past year.
Georgina Hesson, Administrator, commented on her team’s achievements. “I’m very proud of everyone that took part and the determination they showed throughout. Even during the horrendous weather conditions, they never gave up.”