What a week was had at Meadow House in Swaffham, Norfolk, as staff, residents and relatives raised an amazing total of more than £1,800 for research into multiple sclerosis through a week-long series of activities and events.
Meadow House, which is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, organised and hosted the MS week which included a collection day at Tesco in Swaffham, a coffee and cake morning at the home, a sponsored cycle ride and a dunk the boss afternoon.
Meadow House Activity Co-ordinator Jamie Smith said, “Multiple Sclerosis week is one which is very close to our hearts as a number of our residents here at Meadow House are living with the condition.
“We always try and raise awareness of MS and do fundraising throughout the year but concentrate our efforts on the awareness week. We were hoping to beat our fundraising total from last year which was £1,000 so are absolutely delighted that we have nearly doubled that.
”It was an amazing week – hard work and a lot of fun, we were shown a fantastic amount of support from our relatives and the local community. I’m already starting to think about how to make next year’s event even bigger and even better.”
Fundraising events included:
– A virtual bike ride to sister home Park House in Peterborough. The teams from Meadow House and Park House, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire took turns to cycle the 65 miles between the homes on fixed bikes in the reception areas.
– Nurse Tracey Eves, who has worked at Meadow House for more than 25 years and friend Hayley Steeles have signed up to do The Great North Run to raise money for MS research after starting to run during the covid lockdown.
– A team from the home spent all day at Tesco in Swaffham collecting donations, selling raffle tickets and beautiful home-crafted cards by resident Vanda Norgate.
– Jamie and other members of the Meadow House Team got dunked for a fee to raise funds – thankfully the sun shone for this event.
Multiple Sclerosis is unpredictable and different for everybody. Symptoms can come and go and change over time, and it’s difficult to know how your condition might progress. During #MSAwarenessWeek society wanted to draw attention to the uncertainty of living with the condition.