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Valerie Manor Care Home participated in the hospice’s Fit Feb virtual challenge with the help of local health and fitness company Head Active.

Lockdown was an isolating time for the nursing home’s 23 residents, but Fit Feb saw everyone – ages 86 to 100 – come together to take part in activities that ranged from puzzles and group quizzes to sedentary exercises and target throwing.

Zoe Fry, Director of Valerie Manor, said, “Everyone loved attending Fit Feb and raising money for St. Barnabas House.

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“Our residents have given so much to society in their lives that focusing on something and helping their local hospice has been a tremendous boost to their spiritual wellbeing during this difficult time.”

Tony, 94, was happy to attend, described it as “great fun” and thanked his supervisor Joyce for coordinating the Fit Feb activities.

“I really enjoyed going in and wearing the t-shirt,” he said. “It was very nice and a very good idea for fundraising.”

Jordan Head, Director at Head Active, which offered free online fitness classes to employees and family members, said: “Together we raised over £ 1,000 for St. Barnabas House by participating in Fit Feb.

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“Many of our employees and Head Active members have friends and relatives who have been looked after by the hospice. So it was great to work with Valerie Manor and help raise awareness and money on a cause we care about.

“Like everyone in the nursing home, the Head Active members really benefited from their focus on their mental and physical health during the lockdown.”

Jo Bacon, Corporate Fundraiser at St. Barnabas House, says: “We are very grateful to Valerie Manor and Head Active who worked together to attend Fit Feb and raise over £ 1,000.

“This generous donation means that many more local people with incurable conditions are getting the care they need, be it in the hospice, in their own four walls, or in nursing homes like Valerie Manor.”

As of May 2012, Valerie Manor has raised more than £ 10,000 for St Barnabas House, whose team visits residents regularly to provide free expert care and support towards the end of life.