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11th Aug, 2022

Stroke sufferer pedals 200 miles in aid of care home charity

Sarah Mason 3rd Aug, 2022

A STROKE sufferer and keen cyclist got peddled over 200 miles for charity.

After hearing about a team of bosses at Barchester Healthcare cycling from Bradford to London in aid of older people and adults with disability Jeanne Austin was determined to do her bit.

The 88-year-old is a resident at the groups Harper Fields Home in Balsall Common and jumped at the chance to match the managers 211 miles on the Tour de Barchester from her bedroom.

Jeanne used to ride her bike daily until she had a stroke when she moved to the home to live with her husband Derrick.

As part of her physiotherapy she rides a mini pedal exerciser, so staff worked out how long Jeanne would have to cycle for her to complete the challenge.

After a whopping six weeks and three days Jeanne completed the 211 miles and raised £420 for the Barchester Charity Foundation.

Hayley Wilkinson, general manager at Harper Fields Care Home, said: “Jeanne is a very determined lady who is always up for a challenge, she is an inspiration to us all.

“As soon as fundraising was mentioned Jeanne eagerly volunteered herself.”

The team which travelled the country were Simon McCall commercial director, Genevieve Glover human resource director, Tony Woollett recruitment director and Shona Conway project coordinator.

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