Hadrian’s Wall trek raises thousands for care home

A HADRIAN’S wall trek organised by a stoke survivor and walked by workers at a nearby care home raised three times more than anticipated.

Peter Jeffery, of High Street, Whitwell, suffered a stroke in December 2008 and, after being cared for at Stagenhoe’s Sue Ryder care home, decided to walk part of the wall to raise money for a sensory trolley there.

Although the 49-year-old suffered some seizures two days before and was unable to walk, he has vowed to do it again, with two members at the care home walking it this time round.

The feat has raised �7,000 for the home and will purchase a new sensory trolley and garden for the centre.

“We had a great time, it was a lot of fun,” said Stagenhoe fundraiser Elliott Port, who walked the 26 mile course with Jo Moore-Martin, a nurse at the home.

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“As well as being able to get a sensory trolley, we will now be able to make a sensory garden too.

“We have got a couple of rest beds outside, but they have become disused overtime due to finances and lack of volunteers.

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“The new garden would have plants with prominent features such as strong smells and colours, which will really help the people here.

“Peter is the main reason we have raised so much, and being the person he is, has already taken some of the residents out for a walk and is planning to do Hadrian’s Wall when he is better. He wants to be able to say ‘I actually did it’.”

The sensory trolley, which costs �2,300, uses lights and sounds to engage people. Work on the garden will begin this summer.

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