The team at Overbury House nursing home in Wroxham are taking on a mammoth challenge to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The national charity is hosting its ‘Step up for Dementia’ challenge, asking people to walk 850,000 steps in three months. The Overbury House team wants to surpass this and has set a challenge of walking ten million steps across the next three months, raising funds which will be divided between the charity and the home’s Residents’ Fund.
Members of staff are taking part in the challenge and each will wear a pedometer when at work during August, September and October, logging their steps and adding them to the home’s cumulative total.
The funds raised for the home’s Residents’ Fund will be put towards the purchase of an interactive sensory ‘rainbow table’, which is designed to provide stimulation and activities for people living with dementia. Many of the residents at the home live with the condition, so staff work to develop new and innovative ways of supporting their wellbeing.
It is hoped that the local community will get behind the team and support their efforts, donating what they can towards the worthy causes.
Home Manager Alison Hilditch said: “We have our pedometers ready and are all really excited about taking on this challenge, which will be a real test for our staff. It’s a great opportunity for us to all come together as a team to make a positive difference for the Alzheimer’s Society and also bring some fantastic new technology into our home, for the benefit of our residents.
“We intend to involve our residents, talking to them about our steps each day and celebrating each milestone we reach. We’d be so grateful for any support from our friends in the local community who might wish to back our efforts and help us on our way to reach our fundraising target of £2,000. If we can reach this it will means we can give a significant amount to the charity and also get closer to purchasing our sensory table. It’s a huge challenge but one we all feel very passionate about.”