The 9th of January at 9am kick started a 24-hour pedalathon at The Lakes Care Centre in Gloucestershire. The home is operated by The Orders of St John Care Centre.

The aim of the event is to fundraise for the home’s amenities pot but for also The Churn Project in Cirencester which offers support to the most vulnerable people in the area to help improve their well-being.

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, Swindon Wheelers cycling group and they were joined by employees at the home, friends and family of the residents and the local community. Everyone took turns to cycle on the bike 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, comments: “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”.

Present on the same day as the cycling took place was a dementia friends representative in the café at the home. The Orders of St John Care Trust welcome family carers and the community into the home and are always happy to provide information, advice and support.

For more information on The Churn Project, please view: http://www.churnproject.org.uk.