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Helen and Alison's cycle and skate challenge

Helen and Alison

Despite the pandemic, we have been impressed by the fundraising efforts of our staff who have continued to deliver above and beyond, not just in a professional capacity, but in their personal lives too.

On Sunday, Helen Anson, manager of St Catherine’s Bungalows, and Alison Evans, HR Adviser, completed a cycle and skate challenge to raise money for the Bungalows and St Joseph’s Care Home.

Helen and Alison write:

We are raising money to help tidy up the gardens of St Joseph’s and St Catherine’s to make the open spaces more appealing, as they have become a much-valued space for our residents since lockdown.

We arrived outside St George’s House bright and early on a sunny Sunday morning (7:30am.) We set straight off on our 50km cycle, which took us to Coventry’s War Memorial park.

Once there, we completed some of the obstacle course – just for fun!! Then we began our cycle back to Coleshill – we hadn’t ridden the route before, so were met by a few unexpected climbs. Whilst I focused on different points to get me up the hills, Alison was admiring all the big houses and noting who needed to paint their gates or weed their paths!

We arrived back in Coleshill at around 11.20am where we were cheered on by the residents and staff from St Catherine’s Bungalows.

When we got back to the car, we found a lovely sign wishing us luck from St Catherine’s Day Centre. Thank you, Karen McPherson.

/media/news/library/helen-and-ali-skating.jpgAfter a pit-stop, we swapped two wheels for eight small wheels as we changed into our roller skates to complete 50 laps of the Coleshill site. Whilst skating we had lots of people – visitors to both St Catherine’s and St Joseph’s – wishing us well. Eventually we completed our task. I think Alison will agree that the skating part of our challenge was the hardest.

Thankfully we survived, even though I (Helen) nearly landed on my head after braking at a set of traffic lights – I jumped off my bike and didn’t drop it! Alison’s response – hysterical laughter!

But I wasn’t the only one that went head over heels – Alison took a tumble at the beginning of the first skating lap! My response – hysterical laughter! In my defense I couldn’t help her to get up because we had to complete our challenge while staying socially distanced.

As I’m sure you can tell, we had a fab day and, to make it even better, we have smashed our fundraising target. To date we’ve raised £1000 that will help improve the outside spaces at St Catherine’s and St Joseph’s. We couldn’t have done it without those of you who have sponsored us or wished us well – Thank You.

 

If you would like to support Helen and Alison, you can still donate on their JustGiving page. 

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