Family members of a resident living at The Grange Care Home near Saffron Walden have shown their appreciation to staff by generously organising a fundraiser for the home. Beverley Leverton wanted to donate money for the residents to enjoy some extra special activities. She was joined by her daughter Abby, her friend Rosina, and her friend’s daughter Natalie in a challenging walk across the 27 bridges in Cambridge. They walked a total of 28,000 steps!
The fundraiser was inspired by a residents’ meeting, where Wellbeing Coordinator Eve discussed some ideas for trips and activities for the residents. Beverley, whose mother Rosie lives at The Grange, decided to use her experience of doing charity walks in the past to raise money for the residents’ activities fund. She said: “My mum has recently been to the seaside on a trip with The Grange, which I am unable to do with her now due to her being in a wheelchair. Mum had so much fun and loved it. She also had a wish to go to the zoo as mum loves the monkeys, so I wanted to raise as much as I could to help all the residents go on extra trips or have more singers and other activities.”
‘Eve was also a big inspiration for me to do the walk. She is so good at organising things for the residents and cares so much about them all. I wanted to do it for her too.’ Commented Beverley.
Beverley faced some difficulties during the walk, as she has her own medical needs, and the weather was often humid. But she did not give up and had the support of her friends and family along the way. She said: “The walk proved to be a challenge to me, but having my friends and loved ones with me both in spirit and person kept me going.”
Beverley raised an amazing amount of £1,231 for the residents’ comfort fund, which was greatly appreciated by everyone at The Grange. Home Manager Lijo Varghese said: “We are so grateful and honoured by everything Beverley did to support our home. She challenged herself to achieve something wonderful for our residents.” Wellbeing Coordinator Eve Gray added: “Beverley and her family have been so kind and supportive to The Grange Care Home, we can’t thank them enough. My favourite part about Beverley’s walk was that she dedicated each bridge they walked to a resident in our home.”