Residents, families and team members from Romford Care Home in Neve Crescent, Romford put on their walking shoes and braved the changing Autumnal weather to raise funds for St Francis Hospice.

The main idea behind the walk was to promote wellbeing within the home and to encourage the residents to be active whilst raising money for a cause close to everyone’s hearts.

The Dementia Nursing and Residential Home has a very strong connection with the Hospice, having supported residents and families who have used the service.

The day that everyone had been looking forward to finally arrived. The rain held off just long enough for everyone to all get out in the gardens and participate in the fundraising wellness walk.

Lifestyle Assistant Hayley Sullivan who helped organised the event and the other activities on the day spoke about everyone’s enthusiasm, We had so much fun doing our wellbeing walk. Due to the typical English weather, we did have to retreat inside but a few residents and their families enjoyed having a go at the games whilst having a nice cup of tea. I’d really like to thank all the staff, residents, family and friends who took part and the event so special.’

The aim was to include as many residents and staff as we could. This was all about being inclusive and getting active together.

The home has a strong lifestyle ethos of keeping the mind, body and soul active and what a better way to inspire everyone than to hold a fundraising day to encourage this. ‘The aim was to include as many residents and staff as we could. This was all about being inclusive and getting active together. It was a great opportunity to tie the wellbeing of the residents in with getting some fresh air and show off our outdoor space along with raising funds for such an incredible charity’– Cydney Bale Romford Care Home Lifestyle Assistant.

At Romford Care Home they strive to ensure that there are no limitations on those living at the service. Ensuring inclusion and accessibility is key in being able bring everyone to together for events like this.

So, a perfect place to hold their fundraising event was in the recently redesigned Dementia friendly gardens and outdoor living spaces. Customer Relations Manager Tracy Smith, echoed the importance of everyone being able to come together, ‘It was so lovely for everyone to be able to come together and take part in the fund raising and to get outside. It means a lot to see residents, loved ones and the team enjoying our Dementia friendly garden and outdoor areas. It is also an honour to be able to help support the fantastic work St Francis Hospice do.’

A total of £152.96 was raised on the day, Rosie Wren Events and Stewardship Manager at Saint Francis Hospice thanked the home and residents for the event and also their ongoing support. ‘We are so grateful to all the residents and staff at Romford Care Home for organising the sponsored walk to help raise funds for patients and families who need our care.

This was such a fantastic event and you can see how much residents enjoyed the activity from the chatter and laughter as they walked around the garden.

The kindness and generosity of everyone at Romford Care Home doesn’t end there as it is also sponsoring the Santa’s Grotto at our Mistletoe Market which takes place at the Forest Row Centre in Collier Row on Sunday 27th November so they can bring the magic of Christmas to young people.’

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As Romford Care Home’s General Manager, Michelle di Bella knows the importance of this type of event for the residents and the hospice, ‘Everybody had a fun and enjoyable day, many took part to raise money for a cause that is close to our hearts and who we work in partnership with to ensure people receive the best care possible at our home.’