Exemplar Health Care’s Otterburn care home is gearing up to participate in the Dudley to Redditch section of the Great British Care Cycle Relay on 26 June 2024, raising vital funds for the Huntington’s Disease Association in the process.

The 23-mile stretch is part of a monumental cycling event designed to raise awareness for the huge societal impact of social care services across the United Kingdom, dubbed the Great British Care Cycle Relay.

Coinciding with Care Home Open Week, the Great British Care Cycle Relay will see participants pedal a total of 300 miles from Manchester to London. The event aims to combine two elements by encouraging people to get on a bike and visit care homes along the route.

The inspiring journey will traverse the picturesque landscapes of Cheshire, north Wales, Shropshire, Birmingham, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and into London, highlighting the vital role care services play in communities nationwide.

The cycle team at Otterburn have set a goal of raising £1,000 for the Huntington’s Disease Association, a charity that holds special significance as the home supports several adults living Huntington’s Disease, as well as others living with dementia, complex mental health needs and neuro-disabilities. To date, the home has raised £460.

The four dedicated Otterburn colleagues cycling in the event are Naomi Jones, Home Manager, Claire Huckerby, Activities Coordinator, Simon Strangward, Maintenance Operative, and Boonyamin Kareem, Senior Health Care Assistant.

Naomi Jones, Home Manager at Otterburn, shared her excitement: 

“I’m so excited to be taking part in this cycle ride during Care Home Open Week! It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wonderful home and raise awareness for a cause close to my heart – Huntington’s disease. Every pound we raise will get us closer to making a difference for those affected by the disease, and I’m proud to be part of the team making it happen. We are passionate about supporting the Huntington’s Disease Association and hope our efforts inspire others to contribute to this worthy cause.”

Local residents and businesses are encouraged to support Otterburn’s team by donating to their fundraising campaign. Contributions will directly benefit the Huntington’s Disease Association, aiding in their mission to improve care and support for those affected by the disease. To donate and support Otterburn care home in their fundraising efforts, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/page/naomi-jones-1715871971674.