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Going the Extra Mile

Arriving earlier than usual this year, the Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) Going the Extra mile week was celebrated in true Avery fashion between 18th – 22nd July. The festivities challenge people to complete as many miles as possible to raise funds and awareness that will support the financial, professional, and mental well-being of social care workers by making grants, signposting to resources, and providing access to services. Mileage can be racked up in any way imaginable, and throughout the years, we have seen some clever ways of doing this by our residents.

This year was certainly no exception, with our residents and staff once again ‘going the extra mile’ to raise almost £3000 across our homes for the charity. Astbury Manor Care Home in Bracknell chose an alternative way to complete mileage by crafting a mile-long paper chain. They took to Facebook to show off their impressive creation and asked visitors to help by adding to it during their visit.

With temperatures reaching a scorching 40°c in some parts of the UK on the second day of the celebrations, donning bright orange clothing, chefs Robbie and Suzanna went above and beyond to provide thirst-quenching drinks, juicy fruit platters and delicious ice cream sundaes for staff and residents at Acacia Mews Care Home in Hatfield, to raise funds for the worthy cause.

At Alder House Care Home in Nottingham, staff members stuck to tradition as they wheeled out the bike machine and brought out their inner Chris Froome, to cycle 100 miles between them. Although they had very tired legs by the end of it, there was a great sense of relief and accomplishment to have completed their goal whilst raising money.

The Hawthorns Aldridge in Aldridge collected money from an array of activities. From raffles with excellent prizes up for grabs, 15km bike ride and 5km run from Well-being Co-ordinator, Steve, and hook a duck. But what really topped their efforts was staff members braving the stocks to be foam pied by residents.

HAW Aldridge GTEM