The Colten Relay Ride in support of PEDALL New Forest
Colten Care's New Forest homes raising funds for inclusive cycling with a 50 mile cycle
Over the sunny summer months, residents from Colten Care's New Forest homes have been going on regular rides through the New Forest thanks to the support of PEDALL, their brilliantly adapted bikes and their wonderfully supportive volunteers.
The experience has been a complete breath of fresh air (pun intended) for the residents and families who have attended as well as the teams supporting them. Residents have enjoyed wonderful times on these rides, some even bursting into song as they whizzed between the trees and more than one resident has got off a bike saying “I never thought I would do that again”!
Ben Benson-Breem, Senior Companionship Team Leader at Colten Care, said: "None of this would have been possible without Pedall, with their fleet of specially adapted bikes, caring volunteers and excellent ride leaders. We’re so grateful to Pedall for making these moments possible. Based in Burley Village they are a local charity, truly dedicated to improving quality of life and so we wanted to do something to support them!"
"As well as giving Colten residents some fantastic days out, Pedall cater for a huge range of people who are otherwise unable to enjoyable the simple pleasure of going for a bike ride in the great outdoors. Pedall work with people with a broad range of disabilities and their mission is to make having fun on a bike a truly inclusive activity."
Fundraising relay ride for Pedall
On Tuesday 24 September, a team of dedicated (and slightly nervous!) riders from Colten Care's New Forest homes will be riding 50 miles to raise money for The Friends of Pedall.
Cycling between all the homes who have taken part in their summer rides, the ride will travelling from Braemar Lodge in Salisbury down to Avon Reach in Mudeford, via Kingfishers in New Milton, Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst and the Lymington homes, Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House.
At a little over 50 miles it’s a daunting distance to cycle the specially adapted bikes, but the team are hoping to raise £500 for Pedall along the way so anything that you can add the pot will make each mile a little easier!
Find out more about PEDALL Inclusive Cycling here.
Just one of many activities at Colten Care!
Pedall Inclusive Cycling is just one of many life-enriching activities that Colten Care residents have the opportunity to enjoy. Every day, in each home, there are meaningful and exciting activities - including several that are also open to non-residents who many be feeling lonely in their community.
Every Wednesday is Come Dine with Us at Belmore Lodge - come and join the residents for a sociable lunch (booking essential!). Ladies, on the first Wednesday of each month join the residents at Court Lodge for Ladies' Afternoon Tea and gentlemen, on two Tuesdays a month come along to the Gentlemen's Lunch Club, also at Court Lodge.
Find out more about Colten Care's New Forest homes
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and care homes in the local area, including three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and dementia specialist Linden House. There are also homes in Brockenhurst (Woodpecker's), New Milton (Kingfisher's) and Mudeford (Avon Reach). Click on the links to find out more about each home...