TEESSIDE care home residents have teamed up with a veteran children’s charity campaigner to raise thousands of pounds in donations.
Around £2,000 has been raised for the NSPCC in total, partly by Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, and Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool.
The elderly residents took part in a series of sponsored walks after being inspired by the near marathon effort of Anne Waddicor, who marched 24-miles for the charity.
75-year-old Anne is an associate of the Hill Care Group, which operates the care homes, and a long time charity campaigner.
Liz Jones, Customer Relations Officer for the Hill Care Group, said: “As a friend and associate of Hill Care, we were hugely inspired by Anne’s fund raising efforts and decided to promote her achievements to help raise money for the NSPCC and inspire others to do the same.
“The residents at our care homes are not as mobile as they used to be, so unfortunately we couldn’t take to hills like Anne, but shorter walks and a sponsored wheelchair push allowed us to run our own fundraising events.”
Following their latest events, the care homes presented a £150 cheque to Anne on Thursday, 9th July, which will add to the total of over £2,000 raised so far.
Liz added: “We are really proud of the residents and Anne for having raised so much money for such a worthy cause. And we are extremely grateful to the families of our residents, who have helped us on the sponsored walks and donated money.
“It shows that you’re never too old to make a real difference to the lives of others – in this case the children supported by the NSPCC – and we hope others will be inspired to put on their own fundraising events.”