Dororthy, a resident at our Woodcroft Care Home in Trowbridge, Cardiff celebrated her 77th birthday last week with residents, colleagues, and a surprise visit from Cardiff-based cycling charity Pedal Power.
Colleagues at Woodcroft knew that Dorothy used to be a keen cyclist and hadn’t been on a bike in over 55 years, so with the help of Sport Cardiff, they arranged with Pedal Power to come along and visit for the special occasion.
When Dorothy first moved to the home she was asked by the home’s manager, Elaine Mather, what her hobbies were. She said: “I was a keen cyclist, I loved the feeling of having fresh air on my face when riding my bike. I haven’t been on one in years.”
Like every resident who moves into one of our care homes, Dorothy was asked what her aims would be when she lives at Woodcroft. She responded: “To ride a bike again, that would be so lovely.” She then laughed and said: “I doubt that will ever happen though!”
With this information at hand, Elaine then came up with the magnificent idea of making this a reality for Dorothy with the help of Lorraine from Cardiff Sport, who recently visited the home to watch one of their Rubicon sessions.
A group of residents also had the opportunity to take part in the bike ride. John, who hasn’t been on a bike since the ages of 15, came into the foyer afterwards, raised both his hands and said: “Yes, I’ve done it!”
The visit was a huge success with all the residents, family and friends taking it in turns to ride the assisted bikes with huge smiles on their faces. For Dorothy the day brought back memories and was positively beaming while another resident and future Tour de Cardiff entrance enjoyed themselves so much they commented: “I’m not coming back inside, I’m going to the shops!”
A huge thank you goes to Lorraine, Sian, Vicky. Ester from Rubicon and the staff at Pedal Power, for helping to make Dorothy’s wish come true.
Woodcroft Care Home provides a modern, homely setting for older people who are frail and those who may need Elderly Mentally Infirm (EMI) care. To find out more or to arrange a visit please call the home on 029 2077 4500 or click here.