The 9th of January kick started a 24-hour pedalathon at The Lakes care home in Gloucestershire.

The event had a dual aim; to raise money for the home’s amenities fund and also for the local ‘Churn Project’ based in Cirencester which offers support to help improve the well-being of some of the most vulnerable people in the local area.

The static bike in the home was host to several keen cyclists supporting the fundraising cause. These included Dan Hayes, the CEO of OSJCT, county area operations director Chris Bamford and ‘Swindon Wheelers’ cycling group.  They were joined by employees at the home, friends and family of the residents and others from the local community. Everyone took turns to cycle over the 24-hour period. There was also a ‘guess the miles cycled’ competition with a spa voucher donated by DeVere Cotswold Water Park Hotel.

Mandi Short, Home Manager at The Lakes, commented: “This event has been very well-received with lots of enthusiasm and is also helping to raise valuable funds for the residents to partake in various interesting activities and excursions. These all provide new experiences, engagement and interaction for the residents and it is wonderful to see them enjoying these events”.

The team cycled 354 miles and raised over £500.  Well done to all who took part - the team of cyclists and all who supported this event!

Also present on the day was a representative from Dementia Friends.  They were available to speak with anyone living with dementia who wanted to come along to the café in the home for support or advice.  The Orders of St John Care Trust welcomes family carers and the community to come into the home and are always happy to provide information, advice and support.