‘I would walk 500 miles’ – Residents and staff at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury ‘followed in the footsteps’ of singing duo The Proclaimers and walked more than 500 miles.
Over 31 days, they completed enough routes around their garden to match the entire distance from Salisbury to their namesake village of Braemar, 500 miles to the north in Aberdeenshire – plus 255 miles back.
The initiative raised more than £500 for Salisbury-based social enterprise The Pantry Partnership, the home’s nominated charity for this year.
Kay Callow achieved the most miles among individual residents. She clocked up ten miles by completing 101 laps of the garden and three laps of nearby Victoria Park.
Kay said: “The challenge was inspiring and I went walking every day to ensure we reached our goal.”
As well as signage in the Braemar Lodge garden, there was a map on a pop-up banner showing the virtual route up to Braemar village in the Highlands. The walkers’ progress was shown against four stages, with city ‘checkpoints’ in Birmingham, Manchester, Carlisle and Edinburgh guiding the way.
The initiative has gained warm praise from staff and residents at Craigard House in Ballater, the nearest care home to Braemar village itself.
Craigard House is owned and operated by Craigard Care, whose Managing Director Stephen Cowie said: “We would like to extend our congratulations and admiration to the staff and residents of Braemar Lodge for their fantastic achievement of completing their Braemar-to-Braemar 500-mile virtual walk.”
The Pantry Partnership creates meals from food that would otherwise go to waste and shares them across the community.
In a message to Braemar Lodge, Fiona Ollerhead, founder of The Pantry Partnership, described the walking initiative as a ‘fabulous feat’.