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The Next Challenge “The Wisdom of 2502 Years”
I am pleased to say that we have set our residents another challenge. This time it is not physical but concentrating on memory and lived experience. We are calling it “The Wisdom of 2502 Years”.
We have challenged the residents to come up with words of wisdom that they would wish to share with their children, grandchildren, other family members and their friends.
The 2502 is the total number of years our residents have lived collectively as at the 18th May. The challenge will be from 24th May to 14th June and at the end we will put together everyone’s words of wisdom in a booklet to be shared with you.
We would wish to ask families to also get involved by thinking of the words of wisdom your relative shared with you throughout your life and email it to us so we can in the last week of the challenge share these with your resident.
Southlands Care Home Residents Pedal for Charity
10 Day Virtual Cycle-athon 4th to 18th May
Our residents set out to prove you’re never too old to pedal for charity as they embarked on an 10-day, 258 mile, virtual Cycle-athon from the source of the River Thames at Kembel, Gloucestershire to the end of the famous Southend -on-sea Pier, Essex. We aimed to raise £500 for local charity KingsCare, Kingsteignton, but ended up raising over £1.200.
Southlands’ Virtual Cycle-athon saw all the Home’s residents offered the opportunity to operate ‘foot cycles’ for stretches of up to 25.8 miles each day , most by foot, some by hand – to virtually arrive at well-known visitor spots along the River Thames and surrounding towns en route to their final destination. They were greeted upon their daily ‘arrival’ with a fun activity or treat associated with the location.
This included a virtual tour of the Tower of London, watching Cats the musical in our version of the Barn Theater in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, visiting the Holy Trinity Church Oxford, watched a tennis match at the Wembley Arena with strawberries and cream (Devon or Cornish style!!!), and visited by a real ice cream van, despite the weather , and had a celebratory bar-b-que at the end of Southends mile long pier.
The cycle-athon was started Tuesday the 4th of May at 11.15am with Newton Abbots current Mayor Councillor Richard Jenks sounding an air horn and speeches were made made by our very own Carol (Home Manager) and Phil Millichap, Chair of Kingscare who threatened to join in the spirit of the event by wearing his cycling Lycra!!
On the 18th of May at 3pm residents were welcomed back by the Deputy Mayor of Newton Abbot, to celebrate the achievements of the cycle, share their stories and no doubt a glass or two of bubbly!
For those who were not aware, this Cycle-athon was been born out of a challenge set by Andrew (proprietor) to encourage everyone to keep fit, raise money for a local charity (who have supported some of our residents when they were at home) and to help everyone blow away those Covid blues which we are all feeling.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we were unable invite friends and family to join us for the start or finish ceremonies but received lots of support and well wished along the way.
With the current Coronavirus pandemic, we at Southlands are fully complying with the Governments guidelines to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all our residents, staff and visitors.
This includes a balanced approach to visiting at Southlands and going out for visits to Nominated Visitors gardens or other outside spaces to return to as normal a lifestyle as possible.
We welcome enquiries for new residents and would be pleased to be able to discuss the services the home has to offer and to arrange a visit following the safe procedures we have in place.
Thank you to everyone who has shown support for Southlands over these past months and we look forward too many celebrations and seeing everyone soon.
Please do contact Carol on 01626 363510 or myself on 07973 529610 if you have any questions or we can be of assistance.