Rotherham's spritely pensioners take part in activity challenge
Date: 23/07/2012. Story submitted by: Lynn Hall
© Courtesy of Rotherham HospitalSubmitted by: Lynn Hall
Spritely Rotherham carehome residents aged up to 97 took part in an activity challenge!
Around 50 residents took part at the event staged at the Silverwood Miners Welfare in Dalton.
A range of sporting activities were on offer including darts, football, skittles, curling and boccia bowls.
The event was organised by staff from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust(TRFT), Rotherham Council’s Rotherham Care Homes Service and Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST).
Harold Shaw, 90, from Athorpe Lodge, who achieved the highest darts score at the activity challenge, said: “It has been wonderful to come to this event today. In my day I was quite the sportsman and played football for my local scouts team. I even built my own car and kept a keen eye on motor sports.
“I am still very interested in sport – if there is a ball then I will enjoy it! I’ve really enjoyed taking part in all the activities.”
Rachel Dexter, Occupational Therapist, Care Homes Service at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and one of the organisers of the event, said: “It’s great to see the residents and carers alike getting involved in so many activities. The benefits for older people engaging in activities are endless, both physically and psychologically.
“Our hope is that the care homes take back some inspiration to organise similar events in their own homes so that even more residents can enjoy days like this.”
Cllr Ken Wyatt, a TRFT Governor, attended the event and commented: “Today has been fantastic. The events are so dynamic and have been evidently enjoyed so much by the participants.”
Address: Doncaster Road Rotherham S65 3ET
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