Pedal power rules

WHEELIE GOOD: Cyclists Ben Benson-Breen, Tim Jones and resident Dennis Johnson at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury

Nine big-hearted staff members got on their bikes to thank a voluntary group who helped give our residents a summer full of days out in the natural beauty of the New Forest.

The team raised nearly £600 on a 50-mile ride in aid of PedALL, a charity that offers guidance and specially adapted bikes for people with disabilities or restricted mobility. During the summer, PedALL enabled around 200 residents from seven of our homes to access the New Forest’s off-road cycling network in safety and comfort.

As a thank you, staff members staged a sponsored cycle ride, starting at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury and taking in homes in Brockenhurst, Lymington and New Milton, and finishing at Avon Reach in Mudeford.

Ben Benson-Breen, Senior Companionship Team Leader, who helped organise both the summer trips and the thank-you ride, said: “The volunteers at PedALL were brilliant. They made some very special moments possible for our residents, and we thought it was only right to try to give something back.

“For some of our residents, this was the first time they had been in the saddle for many decades and they absolutely loved it.”

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