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Southlands Care Home Residents Pedal for Charity
10 Day Virtual Cycle-athon 4th to 18th May
Our residents are setting out to prove you’re never too old to pedal for charity as they embark 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 are aiming to raise £500 for local charity KingsCare, Kingsteignton.
Southlands’ Virtual Cycle-athon will see 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 will be greeted upon their daily ‘arrival’ with a fun activity or treat associated with the location.
These will include 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, watching a tennis match at the Wembley Arena with strawberries and cream (Devon or Cornish style!!!), a visit by a real ice cream van and weather permitting having a celebratory bar-b-que at the end of Southends mile long pier.
The cycle-athon will started Tuesday on 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 will be virtually welcomed back by the new Mayor of Newton Abbot, Councillor Mike Joyce to celebrate the achievements of the cycle, share their stories and no doubt a glass or two of bubbly!
For those who are not aware, this Cycle-athon has 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 cannot invite friends and family to join us for the start or finish ceremonies but you can get involved in a number of ways.
- Firstly keep up to date with our daily posts on this website in the NEWS section of the menu bar, or Facebook page “Southlandscarehome Devon” or if you are not a Facebook friend of ours, you can follow our story through typing into your Facebook search bar ! #SouthlandsCycle21 ! where you will see stories and photos from the virtual cycling for the day and you can also send a message of support for everyone to see by using our hashtag.
- Secondly spread the word amongst your friends, families, and contacts by forwarding this newsletter or the links to our website and Facebook.
- Thirdly leave messages of encouragement on Facebook for the residents. Or when talking to your relative, ask how they are doing!
- Lastly by donating to this wonderful cause at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/southlandscycle21
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 and staff.
This includes significant restrictions on visitors, and we have put in place varies ways that both relatives and next of Kins can talk and see each other using WhatsApp and other technological solutions.
We welcome enquiries for new residents and would be pleased to be able to discuss the services the home has to offer and 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 once the Government allows.
Please do contact Carol on 01626 363510 or myself on 07973 529610 if you have any questions or we can be of assistance.