A SPONSORED wheelchair push turned into a fun day out for residents of two Wrexham care homes.
Pensioners of Gwern Alyn and Hillbury, some of them in their 90s, headed for the town’s Bellevue Park.
The wheelchair push was the brainchild of activities manager Gerry Humphreys, from the Pendine Park care organisation which runs the two homes.
She explained: “We did something similar last year but we didn’t include relatives because we weren’t sure how it would go as we’d never done it before.
“In the event, we had a wonderful time and lots of the relatives said they would have loved to have been involved.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm from relatives and staff – some of the staff even came on their day off.”
The £600 raised by the event will go into the residents’ fund to pay for special treats.
Gerry explained: “Here at Pendine, we feel their social life doesn’t have to stop just because they’re in a home. Whatever they might have done before coming here, we try and carry it on. It’s my mission in life.
“We organise a whole host of activities all the time as a matter of course – everything from art classes, arts and crafts, photography, various visits, films, bingo and so on – not to mention various therapies.
“The reason we’re doing this is we want to provide extra outings. We take residents to the ballet, shows or football matches – anything they want to do, we try and do it for them.
“It makes a big difference and the residents often say how much they appreciate it.
“It certainly gives me a lot of satisfaction making them happy, it’s a fantastic feeling. You get to know what they like and you can have a laugh with them.”
As well as being a successful fundraiser, the wheelchair push was a big hit as a social event.
Ann Mitchell, whose 94-year-old mother Olive Humphreys is a resident of Hillbury, thought it was a marvellous idea.
She said: “Anything they do like this is good. It gets my mum out and it’s company for me – because it’s a bit boring pushing a wheelchair on your own.
“Without the wheelchair, my mum isn’t mobile so it’s good to get out and about.
“It’s quite a go-ahead home and there are lots of activities for us and the residents so it’s really good. What’s really nice is the relatives are actively encouraged to get involved.”
Mario Kreft, proprietor of Pendine Park, paid tribute to the dedication of staff and enthusiasm of the relatives.
He said: “I think their caring attitude just underlines the fact we have a really excellent group of people working here.”