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Walk For Wellbeing: The ‘Finish Line’

Published date: 03/09/2021 11:12

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B&M Care has reached the finish line!

After four weeks of collectively ‘moving together’, B&M Care has reached the ‘finish line’ of the group’s Walk For Wellbeing challenge.

Officiated on Monday 2nd August in-line with the launch of Steps to Reconnect and the group’s Memory Capsule Relay, B&M Care set staff, residents, and their family and friends the task of stepping towards a goal of completing 3,280 miles – and our final total, as displayed below, is 6,629 miles.

Steps and mileage were completed individually and, in the case of our homes, as a part of an organised event – and were counted from a number of accessible activities including:
  • Walking
  • Jogging & Running
  • Cycling
  • Indoor or Outdoor Sports
  • Dancing
  • Chair-Based Exercises
  • And even through exer-gaming, such as the Wii Fit

The goal of 3,280 miles was calculated based on the distance between each of our 26 care homes, including the group’s Head Office, and then multiplied by 10 to set the group a challenging ‘finish line’ goal.

Aside from the obvious health and social benefits that simply getting out-and-about brings, B&M Care used the initiative to raise valuable funds for the UK’s leading dementia charity, Alzheimer’s Society. As of Friday 3rd September, B&M Care has raised 205% of its target amount.

Steps To Reconnect and Memory Capsule Relay

B&M Care’s Walk For Wellbeing challenge and the Memory Capsule Relay formed part of a wider initiative, titled Steps To Reconnect. With an aim of tentatively reconnecting our family network of care homes, Steps To Reconnect looked at offsetting the “year like no other” with two challenges to primarily diminish distance and unite the group as a whole.

The start of the Memory Capsule Relay was officiated at Templemore Care Home in Northampton where B&M Care Chairman Bill Hughes presented the home with a trunk that was transported around each of our 26 care homes to collect a historic cache of items and information that will later form part of a pandemic time capsule which will be buried at the group’s Memorial Garden adjacent to Ashlyns Care Home in Berkhamsted.

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