Team members and residents from Care South’s Talbot View care home in Bournemouth are walking one million steps between 1st June – 15th September to raise money and awareness for the charity, Dementia UK.

The charity provides specialist dementia nurses to those affected by all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, and is running a summer steps challenge to help families facing dementia.

Talbot View’s challenge is being spearheaded by Activities Assistant at Talbot View, Helen Goss who is being joined by team members and residents who are participating in the challenge at their own pace.

Four residents and four team members kickstarted the challenge with Activities Assistant, Helen and achieved an impressive 35,000 steps on the first day of the challenge. Some residents have been racking up their steps on daily walks around the gardens. Other methods residents and team members are using to get their steps in for the challenge, involve daily activities at the home as well as day trips out.

Commenting on the challenge, Helen Goss, Activities Assistant, commented: “I have recently finished a charity walk for Cancer Research where I walked 100 miles in May and raised £250 and thought it would be lovely to start a new challenge. The residents were very interested in how I was doing with the walk so I thought how wonderful it would be if the residents joined in with the Dementia UK fundraiser. Staff also wanted to join us and now we are one big team trying to raise awareness and funds for a subject very close to our hearts. Together, we’ve got this!”

Amy Harris, Home Manager at Talbot View said: “Talbot View and its residents really mean a lot to our team, and we have residents in our care that are living with dementia, so it’s something we feel very passionate about. It is a great way to have some fun whilst raising awareness and funds for Dementia UK.”

A participating resident at Talbot View added: “It has been great participating in this challenge so far, and it is bringing out some healthy competition between fellow residents. We are all having fun whilst doing it.”

The team has set up a dedicated donation page for the one million steps where supporters can make a donation directly to Dementia UK: www.facebook.com/donate/3504438146493397/