Edinburgh Care Home Go the Extra Mile for Local Charity

Residents at an Edinburgh care home have completed a mile for every day in February to raise money for a charity, which supports older people in the local community.

Residents at Haugh House stepped up to the challenge by walking and wheeling 28 miles last month to reach their fundraising target of £350 for the Stockbridge charity LifeCare.

LifeCare, which is based in Cheyne Street, has been helping support people with dementia for more than 80 years and offers a number of initiatives to help combat loneliness as well as providing vital care and hot meals direct to elderly people’s doorsteps.

The residents at Stockbridge’s Haugh House have powered through wind and rain to ensure they completed every mile to raise vital funds for the charity, with those taking part ranging in age from 85 to 90.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, LifeCare provided more than 17,500 hours of essential care to support people in their homes. The charity also delivered more than 6,000 hot meals to older people across North Edinburgh and spent more than 3,000 hours calling and visiting isolated people across the capital.

Iain, an 89-year-old resident at Haugh House said: “We’re all very happy to have helped in making a small difference for LifeCare. The charity provides an incredible service for people around the community.

It was hard going but it is extremely rewarding to have completed the miles for a great cause.”

Jo Dickman, Manager at Haugh House said: “The work LifeCare does is truly amazing and the charity is extremely close to our hearts at Haugh House. It was so pleasing to see everyone involved give their all for this worthy cause.

“The staff were also great in supporting residents throughout by walking with them every day. It really was a team effort.

“I’m very proud of the residents for showing such a togetherness in hitting this milestone. We’re looking forward to coming up with new ways to help local charities after another great success here at Haugh House.”

 

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