Colten Care dementia care staff bike ride Winchester to Lymington

Dementia care staff from Colten Care Home are organising a fundraising bike ride - from Winchester to Lymington!

Staff from the Colten Care specialist dementia care home St Catherines View in Winchester, are cycling to Lymington this Saturday 23 May to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

A group of dedicated care staff at St Catherines View Care Home in Winchester are preparing for an enormous fundraising effort to support Alzheimer’s Research, on the final weekend of Dementia Awareness Week. They are planning a bike ride this Saturday 23 May, starting from St Catherines and cycling all the way to Linden House, Colten Care’s Dementia Care Home in Lymington.

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Emma Grimes, daughter of a resident at St Catherines who is organising the support vehicles and with her family including all the children will be taking part in the ride, has set up a fundraising page. Already well over £1,000 has been raised for Alzheimer’s Research.

Preparations are gathering pace, with a number of other relatives of residents planning to join in to cycle to Lymington – there are expected to be 20 riders!

The bike ride was originally the brainchild of Jamie Standen, Team Leader in Pilgrims House at St Catherines View. Jamie and his equally committed colleagues – who’ve become close friends united in their work -  care day and night for my precious mum with advanced Alzheimer’s, who is safe and secure in her inner world thanks to the unbelievable level of care they live and breathe. They don’t just care, they love – and the residents feel that empathy and support. Emma’s mum and some of the other residents are not even very elderly – if you saw Still Alice at the Community Centre this week you’ll have an idea of how traumatic that is for everybody involved.

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When the weary cyclists arrive in Lymington we’re going to take them to the Waggon & Horses pub just across the river beneath the Sir Harry Burrard Neale monument, for a bit of a rest and to organise their homeward journey. Clare the manager there will give them a warm welcome. She was actually all set to run the London Marathon to support Dementia Awareness but had to pull out because of injury, and she’ll be glad that the Waggon & Horses can play its part in this enormous venture this Bank Holiday Weekend!

St Catherines View in Winchester and Linden House in Lymington are two of Colten Care’s modern, purpose built specialist dementia care homes. The team at Linden House will be happy to show you round the Lymington home if you’d like to see it. It’s very smart, and comfortable, and clean, and there’s always lots going on. But for me and many others the incredible thing is the level of devotion and care given so freely and lovingly every single day by those wonderful people like Jamie. Good luck and big cheers for them all on Saturday.

Jane, 21 May 2015


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