Housing and care residents, their family members, and staff at housing association Central and Cecil (C&C) have recorded a combined step count of over 14 million during January and February, supporting a special fundraising project which will see sensory gardens installed at four London care homes.
The “Move for Care” challenge saw participants walking with the initial aim of beating a 9.5 million step target, designated in recognition of C&C’s 95th anniversary in late 2021. Having exceeded that total, C&C has also succeeded in securing £25,000 funding from multiple sources, which enables work on the sensory gardens to start this Spring.
Individual winners from across C&C who walked the most steps have been rewarded for their efforts with fabulous prizes donated to the organisation. These have include a tour of the Royal Albert Hall, cruises on the River Thames, and Amazon Fire & Echo Dots.
Sharon Bye, Director of Care at C&C, said: “’Move for Care’ has truly inspired our residents to get moving at a time of year when it’s so much easier to do little or no exercise. We’ve been thrilled with the response and to achieve a grand total of 14,049,304 steps is truly impressive.
“Of course, our care staff in particular go the extra mile every day to support our wonderful residents at our four homes in Richmond and Camden. The money raised will make such a difference to residents’ lives, with the sensory gardens featuring musical equipment, scented flower beds, and wildlife-friendly areas for them all to enjoy.”