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Care Homes spring into action

26 July 2012

Care Home residents from across Rotherham have sprung into action

Care Home residents from across Rotherham have sprung into action last week as part of the Care Homes Activity Challenge.

Almost 50 residents, aged up to 97, from care homes across the borough joined in a range of sporting activities at the event held at Silverwood Miners Welfare Centre.

The centre played host to activities such as darts, football, skittles, kurling, boccia and a well-earned rest station from where the participants could relax and spectate the other activities.

Harold Shaw, 90, from Athorpe Lodge, who achieved the highest darts score at the activity challenge, commented: "It has been wonderful to come to this event today. In my day I was quite the sportsman and played football for my local Scouts team. I even built my own car and kept a keen eye on motor sports.

"I am still very interested in sport - if there is a ball then I will enjoy it! I've really enjoyed taking part in all the activities."

The event, put on for the third consecutive year organised by Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) part of the funding from Extra Time, which works across communities to promote health and wellbeing through sport. Older People's Coordinator, Ryan Canadine said, 'This is a celebration of the hard work done by the participants in the 30 weeks of exercise at the care homes. It is a pleasure to see everyone smiling and having fun whilst keeping fit and healthy.'

Rachel Dexter, Occupational Therapist at TRFT and one of the organisers of the event, said: "We are really pleased that residents have enjoyed the activities today. The challenge helps to encourage socialisation and communication skills. The participants find the activities fulfilling and it gives them a sense of wellbeing, it can also help to increase the amounts our residents eat and drink."

Lyndsay Bettison, Joint Lead Nurse for Care Homes at TRFT, added: "The challenge also helps care homes to see what can be done to help to keep residents active and well."

Cllr Ken Wyatt, who is a TRFT Governors, attended the event and commented: "Today has been fantastic. The events are so dynamic and have been evidently enjoyed so much by the participants."

Following the sporting activities a lunch was put on for attendees, followed by an awards presentation which brought further delight to attendees as they were each presented with a medal to mark their participation in the event.

If you require anymore information on the Older People's work delivered by the Millers, please contact Ryan Canadine 01709 827767 or health@rotherhamunited.net

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