Here, you’ll find a vibrant, supportive and laughter-filled community – for both residents and their families. Our friendly, kind and expert staff are known for providing the very best care – and we’re happy to do so on a permanent, convalescent or holiday basis as suits your needs. But don’t take our word for it. Look at our inspection report on the Care Quality Commission (CQC) site or come and experience Southlands for yourself.
22nd June to 15th July 2020
Southlands Care Home Residents Pedal for Charity
18 Day Cycle-athon from Newton Abbot to Lands End
Our wonderful residents are setting out to prove you’re never too old to pedal for charity as they embark on an 18-day, 208-mile, virtual cycle-athon from Highweek (near Newton Abbot) to Lands End. They are aiming to raise £500 for local charity KingsCare League of Friends.
Southlands’ Virtual Cycle-athon will see all the Home’s 30 residents operate ‘foot cycles ’ for stretches of up to 18.5 miles each day – most by foot, some by hand – to virtually arrive at well-known visitor spots in Devon or Cornwall 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 fish and chips with a ‘Seaside Sing-along’ in Brixham, gin tasting in Plymouth and a screening of Fisherman’s Friends with ice cream in St. Ives. No doubt, there will also be much debate about which was best: the Devon Cream Tea on Day 2 or the Cornish Cream Tea on Day 15! Arrival into Lands End will be celebrated with a High Tea with guest of honour, the Mayor of Newton Abbot: Cllr Richard Jenks.
Carol Dyke our manager said, ‘The idea emerged after we started new Spinning classes at Southlands using foot cycles, which were so popular we had to buy more machines. Residents have blown the staff away with their enthusiasm and energy. The average age of our residents is 92 with two centenarians wanting to take part, yet they are averaging 10 miles a day – which many people half their age would struggle to do!’
Mary Darnley-Smith who lives at Southlands led the residents’ project planning group to work out how to channel this effort into raising money for a local charity. She said, ‘We wanted to support the fantastic work of KingsCare which works so hard to improve the lives of those in need in Newton Abbot and surrounding areas. We’re all really excited to do our bit to show our appreciation, and we’re really motivated to keep on pedalling because we know the more miles we do, the more money we’ll make, and that will help KingsCare keep on helping our community!’
Maggie Bonnell, Manager of KingsCare, said, ‘Southlands’ incredible “lockdown spirit” is an inspiration to us all. Residents are demonstrating how much a sense of humour combined with a common purpose can boost a community’s mental and physical health. The fact that their amazing effort will help KingsCare continue its work in the community is just the best bonus and we can’t thank them enough.’
The Virtual Cycle-athon starting ceremony was held in our car park at 11am on 22 June. It involved a few words of encouragement from keen cyclist and the Chair of KingsCare, Phil Millichap, who donned his lycra in solidarity with the intrepid adventurers, before the Mayor of Newton Abbot, Cllr. Richard Jenks said a few words and set the cyclists pedalling with a very loud toot from a traditional policeman’s whistle!
The whole event will run weekdays from 22 June until 15 July with updates posted daily on this website and our Facebook page “Southlandscarehome Devon” so everyone can track the residents` progress- with regards to both their journey and their fundraising effort. The full itinerary is Torquay, Brixham, Plymouth, Looe, Fowey, Truro, Falmouth, Coverack, St.Ives and Lands End.
We hope you will join us by sending words of encouragement and making a donation to KingsCare at: www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/cyclewithsouthlands.
For daily updated on the fantastic achievements please click here. Thank you for your support and encouragement.
Final Day: After a slow day yesterday with lots of distractions, our cyclists were up bright and early and off to complete the last stage of this epic adventure.
At 3pm we welcomed Cllr. Richard Jenks, Mayor of Newton Abbot and Maggie Bonnell, Manager of KingsCare and they officially welcomed the cyclists to Lands End!! However that was not possible as instead of the team achieving the 208 miles from Newton Abbot to Lands End it turned out that they had cycled 343 miles, that is all the way back to Newton Abbot. Unbelievable but true. So Richard welcomed them back to Southlands.
This was achieved by every day our team trying to reach the groups daily target and others had set their own personal goal including Anne R-J who was cycling 7 miles a day which often meant they were over shooting the daily target.
The Mayor congratulated everyone and all raised a glass or two of champagne and enjoyed a spread prepared by Diane our Cook and Carol.
The party was also treated to the Southlands version of Tina Turners “Simply the best” with words being adapted by Lois to take in the adventures of the Cycle-athon.
Sylvia and Ron presented a cheque to KingsCare for a tremendous £1,453.75 the money raised through all those who sponsored the Cycle-athon. This is 254% of the original target of £500.00!!
For those who still wish to sponsor the team please do so by following www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/cyclewithsouthlands.
Added to the speeches were messages from many families and friends congratulating everyone, making suggestions that the next target is to cycle to John O`Groats or join in the Tour de France!!!!!
A special message from Richard Hainsworth a star from the film “Fisherman’s Friend” was received which can be seen below.
Thanks to everyone who organised the 15 day event, especially Vanessa and our fantastic staff team but to our cyclists for their perseverance, encouragement of each other and fun. Very well done.
So as not to loose the health and fitness gains of the adventure, we will be continuing “Spinning Classes” at least twice a week.
Pictured below: Jasmine, Lois, Mary, Major Cllr Richard Jenks, Sylvia, Ron, Maggie, Elizabeth, Pearl.
Speech by Bernie Price on behalf of the cycle-athon team.
Southlands Cycle-athon version of Tina Turner’s “Simply the best”
Hi Andrew and Carol,
It’s me the big beardie one from The Fisherman’s Friends Film; Caroline Small told me about your epic “Virtual Cycle” and I just wanted to add my massive congratulations and huge love to all concerned. I think it’s amazing what you are achieving and to finish up in Cornwall couldn’t be better. I do hope you enjoyed The Fisherman’s Friends, we were supposed to be filming the sequel now, but as we all know, everything has changed, but with a fair wind in our sails and God on our side, we should start filming later this year. Enjoy your fish and chips and Cornish Cream teas – the proper Cornish way with jam on first and a large dollop of clotted cream on top. Proper Job!! Well done my ‘andsomes – keep hauling!!!
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.