13 February 2017
More than 80 members of staff used pedal power to raise funds towards a dementia-friendly garden at Leighton Hospital.
‘Ride to Remember’, a virtual cycle challenge, took place on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January and raised £364 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity.
For the event, staff were invited to cycle on a stationary bike in 10 minute slots. It is thought that during this short time three people would have developed dementia in the UK.
The challenge, which was arranged by the Trust’s Health and Wellbeing Group, was open to all staff from the Trust’s three sites, as well as community services staff, and took place at Leighton Hospital and Eagle Bridge Health & Wellbeing Centre in Crewe.
Together, staff managed to cover 219 miles over the two days, which is the equivalent of cycling from Crewe to the Cotswolds and back.
Bobby Sharma, Occupational Health Service Manager, said: “Our Health and Wellbeing Group are really keen to raise awareness and support Mid Cheshire Hospital Charity’s dementia-friendly garden appeal.
“Furthermore, the health benefits of cycling are numerous, including burning calories, elevating mood and kick-starting the metabolism, so it was also a great team building event.”
The money raised will go towards the creation of a landscaped, dementia-friendly garden connected to Ward 4 at Leighton Hospital.
It is hoped that the area will provide a calm and peaceful environment for the hospital’s older patients and those with a cognitive impairment. It will also be an enjoyable area for patients and their families to either go for a stroll or sit quietly away from the hustle and bustle of the ward.
Charity Manager Laura Riddle said: “We are very grateful to the Health and Wellbeing Group for choosing to hold this event in support of the dementia-friendly garden and to raise awareness of the appeal.
“We would like to thank everyone who took part and who donated to raise this fantastic sum.”
‘Ride to Remember’ also gave the Trust an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia and an understanding of the condition.
Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society and the Dementia Reablement Service, which was launched by Cheshire East Council to help and support individuals in the early stages of dementia, ran information stands over the two days.
The Trust’s Bowel Screening Team and Dementia Action Alliance, which brings together organisations and individuals committed to improving health and social care outcomes for people living with dementia, were also on hand to talk to visitors and staff about the services they provide.
If you would like to support the Trust’s Dementia Appeal, either through organising or participating in fundraising events or by donating money for the garden, please visit www.mchcharity.org.
The Alzheimer’s Society report that 225,000 people develop dementia every year, which equates to one person every three minutes. This is a shocking figure, and one that is set to rise - the total number of people with dementia in the UK is 850,000 and it’s set to soar to two million by 2051. If you would like further information on the Society, or what support is available locally, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.