Care inspires gruelling fundraising bike ride
Walsall man Paul Wallbank took on a grueling 185-mile bike ride to raise more than £900 for the dementia specialist centre where his mother-in-law is cared for.
Paul raised the cash for The Water Mill, which provides residential places and day care facilities for people diagnosed with the illness.
His mother-in-law Margaret attends the day centre and he was so impressed by the care she received he signed up to the Mitie London Revolution event, which sees cyclists ride 185 miles around London in the space of just two days, to raise funds for social activities and facilities for residents and people who attend the day care centre.
Paul, who regularly takes part in triathlons, presented a cheque for £935 to The Water Mill last week.
He said: “The work the staff at The Water Mill do is just fantastic.
“They are just wonderful with Margaret and all of the other people who attend. They give myself and my wife support and make us feel like we are not alone and they understand just how difficult it is to cope caring for someone with dementia.
“I decided this year I wanted the money I raised to go to The Water Mill to give them something back in return for the kindness they show everyone who comes through the doors.
“I am so pleased to have made a contribution which I hope means they can continue to do the inspirational work they do. A big thank you to everyone who helped me raise the total including friends, family, neighbours and the local bookmakers where Margaret worked for many years.”
The Water Mill, in Goscote Lane, provides 30 residential places, ten spaces for respite care and day care facilities for up to 20 people each day, seven days a week. Communal facilities at the centre include a reminiscence room and a hair salon and the centre recently launched its own dementia-friendly pub for residents.
Day care manager, Joy Sumner, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive such a great contribution from Paul and this will make a massive difference for everyone at The Water Mill.
“Our reminiscence room and newly launched traditional pub helps hugely as old memories and familiar environments can really stimulate the mind of someone who has dementia.
“We already have plans to create an old-style theatre with a big screen, popcorn machine and posh seats and this money will help to make that possible.
“On behalf of all of the staff, residents and day care centre users I want to say a massive ‘thank you’ to Paul.”