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marathon group opening 1  SmallResidents and staff at Milford House care home in Salisbury have put on their walking shoes to undertake their version of the London Marathon. Following an official opening ceremony on the 6th August they broke through the opening tape to start their journey of 61,565 steps or 26.23 miles!

Staff and residents are completing their London Marathon as part of an initiative rolled out and jointly funded by Wiltshire & Swindon Sport (WASP) and Salisbury City Council’s Community Activity Leaders aimed at helping to keep up levels of individual activity during lockdown. Packs containing a range of physical activities and support materials were delivered to the home as part of this initiative and this is one of several activities that residents at Milford House are trying. Starting in East London the course passes the Royal Observatory Greenwich, Tower Bridge, The British Museum, Palace of Westminster, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Richmond Park before finishing at Hampton Court Palace where medals will be handed out. To make this involving for all home residents there are also virtual tours being shown of all the landmarks passed along the route. Residents use a pedometer to count their steps which are then subtracted from the total needed to complete the route – so every step counts!

General Manager Marie-Therese Tiernan said:

“We always encourage our residents to keep active and walking the London Marathon is a great way to get residents involved in outdoor activities whilst making the most of the weather and our stunning gardens. Our residents are really enjoying the challenge of the walk, whether on foot or in wheelchairs and it is lovely to see so many of them getting involved. I am so impressed that they have already completed a quarter of the course! Everyone can follow our progress along the course and enjoy the virtual tours of the key landmarks passed.   This has created a real buzz in the home and who knows we may go on to further challenges such as the Avon Valley Path or walking from Lands’ End to John O’Groats!”

Residents at Milford House Care Home commented:

“This has got us all out and about and working towards a joint target like this is fun.”
“We also get the added bonus of finding out more about the landmarks we pass on the way and some of the virtual tours are amazing.”
“I can’t wait to see what we will do next!”

Milford House care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering personalised care across its care homes and hospitals. Milford House provides residential, nursing and respite care for 72 residents.  They are welcoming new residents and patients into our homes to ensure that they are there for those that need care and support, and have a very clear admission policy and infection control protocols that must be met. Please do give thema call on 01722 322737 if you are looking for care or need any further help.

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