Woodpeckers "Garden Marathon" celebrates London Marathon Weekend
And not just one but two marathons were run at Woodpeckers Residential and Nursing Home, Brockenhurst
Over the weekend of this April's London Marathon and in the spirit of the 40,000 plus runners representing, promoting and fundraising for so many important and personal causes, Woodpeckers Residential Home in Brockenhurst thought it would be timely, relevant and fun to organise its own "Garden Marathon".
Woodpeckers staff organising the event expected everybody to have fun trying to complete one marathon around the garden.
In the event there was so much positive response from the local community including Brockenhurst Pre-School and the year 3 class of 28 pupils from Brockenhurst Junior School, that they managed to complete two marathons!
Everyone from Residents, Home Manager, Chefs, Waitresses, Housekeeping, as well as the Care and Companionship Teams all joined in. Residents who earlier in their lives would have run in record times were wrapped up well and as "wheelchair runners" were assisted around the course by staff - with big smiles all round!
Recently awarded the highly coveted "Outstanding" classification by the Quality Care Commission, Woodpeckers Residential Home is one of the "family" of Colten Care homes in the New Forest. On the edge of Brockenhurst Village, close to the open forest and with ponies and donkeys grazing just outside it also boasts a large and really beautiful garden in which residents are encouraged to spend time whenever the weather permits. So this was a lovely reason to make the most of the garden even in temperatures which normally would have precluded going outside just for fun!
And with the involvement of the schools, this was another positive example of the mixing and mingling of the very young with the elderly, to the pleasure and benefit of all. (See also Sweet Journey Through Time)
Organiser Jane at Woodpeckers said: "Everybody had a great day and we will definitely be doing this again next year on London Marathon Weekend!"
And if you'd like to visit Woodpeckers and see the home and the garden for yourself a visit can be organised at any time; plus they will be holding a "Celebration of Life" day on Sunday 19 May to which all are welcome, more details here,
2 May 2019