Blackhall Colliery care home takes up Sport Relief challenge

Staff and residents posing in sports wear.
Staff and residents posing in sports wear.

The good sports at Field View care home supported Sport Relief by hosting a fancy dress and sports day.

Staff and residents at the Blackhall Colliery home took part in various challenges such as badminton, hula-hooping and ball games.

Staff at the home, which offers residential care for the elderly and people living with dementia, got into the Sport Relief spirit by donning sporting-themed fancy dress.

The energetic fun day was organised by Activities Coordinator Janice Hardy. She said: “Keeping fit and active as we get older is important as it helps keep us healthy, energetic and independent.

“Exercise has such great benefits and there are so many ways that you can stay active, regardless of age or ability. We like to incorporate activities and events that encourage residents to exercise in a fun way. We are holding an Easter egg and spoon race next week and have regular visits from a personal trainer who hosts keep fit seated exercise classes with the residents.”

Michelle Howarth, manager at Field View, said: “It’s been a really fun day for all involved. Taking part in these sorts of social activities are a great way for older people to keep active, and also giving the opportunity for staff and residents to bond with each other through some friendly competition and team work.”