Care home residents enjoy sponsored beach walk


Residents from Poole’s Canford Chase care home took a two-mile sponsored ‘sand walk’ in support of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Six residents from the home in Western Road were assisted by home volunteers, relatives and a dog called Muffin on their journey from Shore Road in Sandbanks to Branksome Dene.

Among the group was Nora Cracknell, 92, from Parkstone, who was enjoying a two-week break at Canford Chase.

She said: “It’s been a few years since I walked along this stretch of the beach and I need a wheelchair these days. But it’s a lovely sunny day and I am looking forward to enjoying the sea air.”

Canford Chase activity organiser Maria Grant, said: “We wanted to mark this year’s Dementia Awareness Week with an enjoyable outing and also by raising some money for the Alzheimer’s Society, which organises Dementia Awareness Week nationally.

“Everyone really enjoyed the walk and together raised an impressive £118 in sponsorship.”

Family-owned care home provider Colten Care organised a series of activities at its homes in Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Sussex in support of Dementia Awareness Week.

At Fernhill, a dedicated dementia care home in Longham, staff organised a racquet balloon tennis tournament.

At The Aldbury, Colten Care’s dementia care home in Parkstone, Poole, team members staged a fundraising barbecue and residents’ tea dance.

Other activities included memory-themed tea parties at Linden House in Lymington, Kingfishers in New Milton and Amberwood House in Ferndown.

Colten Care is also supporting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends initiative by hosting information sessions for staff, residents, relatives and community contacts at all 20 of its homes.

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