Marlborough care home staff get on their bikes for good cause
Staff at Merlin Court care home in Marlborough donned fancy dress and took to static bikes for a 24-hour charity bike ride to raise money for the home.
The event started at 9am on Thursday and finished on Friday morning with six members of staff taking it in turns to ride the three bikes.
Activities co-ordinator Janice Gilbert said: “Everybody had a really good time and the residents enjoyed watching the staff and having a bit of a laugh at them.
“All of the staff were really enthusiastic, we had a witch, a fallen angle, someone in a tutu and the men had face paint so it was a bit of a giggle.
"We had music playing until quite loud until 8pm to keep them motivated and then we turned it down a bit so it didn’t disturb the residents.
“They all cycled as far as they felt they could and then someone else would take over, we were goings to just have two bikes but because we had six members of staff we decided to add an extra bike.
“They were lagging a bit towards the end but they made it to 9am on Friday.
“They were all absolutely shattered by the end of it but it was all good fun."
To help raise funds the staff were sponsored and there was a competition to guess how many miles the team would ride.
As well as taking part in the 24-hour cycle dressed as a witch, manager Mandi Short went the extra 13.1 miles and ran the Swindon half marathon.
Ms Gilbert said: “We always do some sort of fundraising every year to raise money for the resident’s outings and every year we try to do something a bit different.
“We did a 24 hour cycle a few years ago and we’ll look and doing something new next year.”
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