Pedal power at Audley Mote House raises £409 for charity

Audley Mote House has raised a grand total of £409 for the British Heart Foundation thanks to some serious pedal power from its owners, staff and members of the local community.

As part of an initiative to encourage people to visit retirement villages and experience the healthy lifestyle they offer, the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) challenged local volunteers to cycle the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats – a whopping 603 miles – on stationary bikes during its Wellbeing Weekend in September.

Audley Mote House sped past the target with the help of its owners and staff, as well as local fitness fanatics, clocking up an impressive 648 miles over two days and three hours. Mark Bidewell, from Maidstone based Bison Print, who supported the event and made a fantastic map for each of the villages to track their progress free of charge, achieved an impressive 7.1 miles in just 15 minutes.

The weekend also featured a healthy choice menu in the bistro, complimentary smoothie shots and tours of the Audley Club’s swimming pool and fitness facilities.

Phil Urquhart, Village Manager at Audley Mote House who cycled 114 miles as part of the fundraising activity, said: “It was a brilliant event, not only have we raised funds for a fantastic cause, we’ve also encouraged more people – owners, staff and members of the community alike – to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The Audley Club is open to the local community as well as Audley owners, so it was a lovely opportunity to showcase the facilities we have on offer too. It was great to see everyone get into the spirit and really enjoy the challenge.”