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We Like To Move It, Move It – Care Home Residents And Students Get Moving

Staff and residents at Barchester’s Cepen Lodge in Chippenham and students from Hardenhuish School got moving and put the ‘fun’ into ‘fundraising’ with a sports day to raise money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. Everyone took part in the fun with various activities such as egg and spoon race, relay race, space hoppers, and the three legged race.

Established in 2000, the Foundation does invaluable work supporting older people and other adults living with a disability or mental health problems by helping them to connect or re-connect with others in their local communities. Last year the Foundation achieved a donation milestone of £225,000 which enabled the charity to provide vital help to a staggering 160 small groups and charities, plus 87 individuals in one year alone.

To help boost the Foundation’s coffers in 2024, on 19th June staff and residents at the home invited Hardenhuish students, family, friends and members of the community to join them to take part in sports day. Everyone came together to Get Moving and helped to raise money for this fantastic cause.

Jade Hodge, Senior General Manager at Cepen Lodge said:
“We had the most wonderful day, and we are so grateful to the students and teachers at Hardenhuish School for their support. It was so lovely to see everyone come together to take part and raise such a brilliant amount of money for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, it is a great charity that helps many people in need, particularly lonely older people, which is a cause very close to our hearts. Plus it’s good for our own wellbeing to move as much as we can. We want to say massive thanks to everyone involved, we all had so much fun and we helped raise vital funds into the bargain!”

Jean, resident at Cepen Lodge said:
“I had so much fun this afternoon chatting with the students and joining in with the games. It was so nice to see all the young generation and share stories with them. I feel so happy after such a lovely day.”