Pupils join in to help Sheffield care home residents

Sponsored walk for sensory room
Sponsored walk for sensory room

A double effort linking young people with elderly residents in Norwood aims to fund a therapy room for dementia sufferers.

Sparked by the well-being and activity champion at Norwood Grange Care Home, Michelle Ketland, a 1,000 mile walk is the fundraiser involving staff and residents from the home, as well as pupils and staff from Parkwood E-ACT Academy.

Each party will walk 500 miles, clocked up on treadmills, to finance a multi-sensory themed therapy room.

Using lighting effects, aromas, colours and textures the experience of the therapy room is proven to enhance mood, communication and trust in people with dementia.

“Dementia is a cruel disease on the increase. It is so important that we provide stimulating, meaningful opportunities as part of everyday life here at Norwood Grange. The therapy room will help promote engagement and well-being among our residents,” said Michelle.

Home manager Johanna Andrews added: “We are very excited to be working closely with Parkwood E-ACT Academy. Students visited Norwood Grange and met our residents. They are now keen to get involved with fundraising.”

The Parkwood Experience is an initiative aimed at helping pupils develop a ‘sense of doing for others’ through community links.

Michelle has worked at Norwood Grange for six years and previous activities have included a 15,000ft skydive in 2016 to fund a sensory garden now enjoyed by many at the Longley Lane Care Home.

To support the walk, visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/michelle-ketland-3