Residents of Bath’s Stratton House welcomed Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on Tuesday, August 21, who visited the house to present them with a PCC Pride Award for their fundraising efforts.
Local friend of Stratton House, Zoe Weston, was inspired by the residents to cycle the 250 miles from Land’s End to the house in Bath. Finding out about the challenge, the residents wanted to further enhance Zoe’s efforts and proposed a race between them and Zoe!
Staff, the residents and their families gathered over a long weekend in April 2018 to use a static bike and foot pedals in the home to race Zoe, as she simultaneously set off from Land’s End, raising money to improve the accessibility for residents at the home.
Many of the residents, wanting to support the cause, got involved and cycled anywhere from half a mile to forty – while others continued to cheer them on. One of the home’s oldest residents, Jack Mugridge, 97, cycled an incredible 41 miles!
Stratton House residents and Zoe were very close for the duration of the race and managed to complete the 250 miles just half an hour before Zoe arrived – although Zoe had actually cycled 289 miles, so they decided that everyone was to be a winner.
Speaking after the presentation, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is incredible to meet some truly extraordinary people who have such a drive and passion for their local community. It is so easy to sit back and watch others do the hard work, but here, Zoe, Jack and all the residents involved have shown such dedication to support Stratton House.
“These are the people we rely on to keep a supportive and caring atmosphere in residential homes such as this. I think it is so important to highlight the incredible effort that Zoe has put in to helping inspire the residents and by raising money for their new accessible potting shed and garden area. Congratulations and well done to all those involved.”
Zoe Weston, who cycled from Land’s End to Bath, said: “I love to cycle and spend a lot of my time doing so and this year I hope to cycle over 3,000 miles. It is great that something I enjoy so much can create such an incredible atmosphere here in Stratton House and that the money raised can help to improve the residents access to their lovely garden.”
Stratton House volunteer Sarah said: “We are very grateful for all the effort Zoe has put in and all the money she has helped to raise for the new garden. It’s amazing to see what the residents can do when they put their minds to it! We are so proud of what they have achieved. Thanks to Sue for recognising their efforts, we will hang the award with pride.”
People are encouraged to put names forward for nominations for the PCC’s Pride Awards. The Awards are open all year round and decisions will be made quarterly. If you would like to nominate someone for a PCC Pride Award visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards.aspx
Posted on Thursday 23rd August 2018