It's all go for team Speedwell this week as residents take part in the popular championship; Road Worlds for Seniors.
The aim of the event is for the cyclists become a part of something bigger; A global movement focusing on physical activity and reminiscence for people that are normally not able to take part in such initiatives. It's all about having that feeling of friendly competition and being part of a community, between residents, care facilities and across national borders.
Residents of Speedwell Court, dementia-friendly care home in Southampton, were keen to get involved. They got to pick from a choice of hundreds of destinations from around the world! One resident; Ron, used to live in Australia, he picked to cycle around the Sydney Opera House which brought back lots of memories for him. Another resident, who isn't originally from Southampton, got a chance to cycle around Manbridge Road, which is where Speedwell Court is located.
The bike was kindly gifted to Speedwell Court by Motitech. Residents are each cycling different lengths; some more than others – it all depends on how competitive they are. The residents taking part have set a goal to try to get at least 15 minutes on the bike per day.
The competition began on Monday 7th September and ends on Friday 2nd October, however the bike will be incorporated into Speedwell Court's weekly exercise activities following this.
"The residents really enjoyed themselves" said Deborah Holmes, Customer Relations Manager. "Keeping fit and active is an integral part of positively supporting Residents health and wellbeing, we are delighted to be involved in the Road Worlds challenge." she added.