Carers at Ashley House Bupa Care Home, situated in Gloucestershire, have cycled 127 miles to raise awareness and money for Cancer Research UK this month.
A group of 12 staff members took it in turns to cycle on a static exercise bike, placed in the home’s garden, cycling more than 10.5 miles each over five days.
The participants wore an array of whacky costumes in a bid to lift the spirits of on looking residents and encourage more people to donate to the worthy cause. This included some team members completing the challenge dressed as characters such as Batman, a white rabbit and a witch.
Donations for Cancer Research UK were received from residents, family, friends, and people from the local community. Cancer Research was selected as the chosen charity on this occasion as it is a cause close to the hearts of many residents, and one that perhaps requires additional support this year in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the event, Linda Watts, Home Manager, said: “We are so proud to be able to support Cancer Research UK in this way, as it is a charity that is close to many of our hearts at Ashley House Bupa Care Home.
“We chose this charity because of the challenges they have faced during the Coronavirus pandemic, seeing a reduction in funding this year, which has resulted in fewer people being diagnosed and treated. We wanted to do our bit to help raise as much money and awareness as we could.”
Julia Canning, who has worked at Ashley House for 32 years, took part in the cycle challenge on her birthday. She added: “At Ashley House we are always trying to do our bit for charity, as everyone truly gets into the spirit of giving when we host events such as this.
“We had a great time over the course of the week, cycling to meet our impressive target of 127 miles. Seeing everyone dressed up in fun costumes and having a laugh along the way made cycling on my birthday even better.”
The Bupa Care Home chose to cycle 127 miles as this represents the journey between all Bupa Care Homes in the West of England. The virtual route started at Ashley House, and finished at The Mellowes, Gillingham.