Care workers get on their bikes to raise cash

Cllrs Lora and Graham Lawman with Westlands care home staff members Daniel Ames, Raice Cook, Sean McCloskey and Karen Wells
Cllrs Lora and Graham Lawman with Westlands care home staff members Daniel Ames, Raice Cook, Sean McCloskey and Karen Wells
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Four care home workers took part in an eight mile charity bike ride to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sean McCloskey, 40, from Northampton, and Daniel Ames, 25, Raice Cook, 22, and Karen Wells, 33, all from Wellingborough, cycled an eight-mile circular route from Westlands Care Home in Oxford Street, Wellingborough, today (Sunday).

Their journey took them to the Sainsbury’s store in Northampton Road, the garden centre in Millers Lane, Castlefields Retail Park, the Dog & Duck in London Road, Wellingborough Train Station, Linden Manor Care Home in Midlands Road, Costa Coffee Shop in Market Street, and then back to Westlands.

Daniel, the home’s activities coordinator, said: “It went really well. I enjoyed it, and it was for a good cause.”

Karen, a care assistant, said: “Considering I haven’t been on a bike for years I quite enjoyed it.”

Senior care assistant Raice added: “It does hurt in the legs after, but it was good. It’s for a good cause.”

Sean, who is the manager of the home, said he’s also enjoyed the bike ride.

The quartet will now prepare for two other longer charity bike rides later this year. The next event will see them cycle to Kettering in September, but in October they will face the much stiffer challenge of cycling 62 miles through London at night.

After completing their challenge today they also took part in the home’s annual summer fete, which included face painting and a bouncy castle for youngsters, as well as a live band and a barbecue.

The mayor and mayoress of Wellingborough, Cllrs Graham and Lora Lawman, also paid a visit.