Pedal Power at Audley St Elphin's Park
Audley St Elphin’s Park has raised a grand total of more than £1,200 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 St Elphin’s Park smashed the goal with the help of its owners and staff, as well as members of the local fire brigade, cycling 903 miles over three days – the equivalent of cycling from London to Warsaw. The local team from Balfour Beatty clocked up 60 miles, while gym member Rhuari McClure cycled 46 miles during his turn on the bike.
The weekend also featured a healthy choice menu in the village bistro, complimentary smoothie shots, demonstrations with personal trainers and spa treatments.
Sue McClean, Village Manager at Audley St Elphin’s Park, who cycled 52 miles across the weekend, 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 members of 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.”
Research released by ARCO[i] to coincide with the Wellbeing Weekends revealed that 68% of older people in the Midlands would like to be more physically active, in fact over a third of 1,000 respondents aged 65 or older identify themselves as ‘not very’ or ‘not at all’ active. Of those who were less active and wanted to be more active, over one in five (21%) said they’d be more likely to go to a gym if they had a friend to go with, and 30% said it was the cost of using fitness facilities that put them off. The ARCO Wellbeing Weekend aimed to combat this and encourage older people to live healthier lifestyles through open days held by members of the UK trade body for retirement villages and extra care housing.
Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley, said: “We are proud of the success of the ARCO Wellbeing Weekends and the funds raised by Audley St Elphin’s Park for the British Heart Foundation. Activities like those run over the Wellbeing Weekends help foster healthy lifestyles which we at Audley are passionate about enabling our owners to do.”
[i] Research commissioned by ARCO, and conducted by Censuswide with 1,000 over 65 year olds. The survey complies with the MRS Code of Conduct