Care home worker completes 5km for Stroke Association
A CARE home worker has completed a 5km run to raise funds for the Stroke Association.
Michelle Park, an activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, was cheered on by colleagues at the Resolution Run Newcastle 2018.
The event took place in Leazes Park, in the heart of the city, when thousands of runners plodded the pathways for the charity.
Other staff members from Waverley Lodge manned the water tables, sponsored by the Hill Care Group, which operates the care home.
Waverley Lodge Care Home activities coordinator and Resolution Run Newcastle 2018 finisher Michelle Park with home manager Julie Booth at the Hill Care Group sponsored water table.
They cheered Michelle as she passed, eventually recording a time of one hour and 44 minutes.
She said: “I thought it would be good to do the run, as there are people who live at Waverley Lodge who are recovering from strokes, and I wanted to help them.
“I never knew I had it in me but it’s been lovely to see all the runners and walkers turn out to help the Stroke Association. I would definitely do it again.”
The water table team consisted of Hill Care regional manager Jane Mack, home manager Julie Booth and her son Nathan, chef Nicky Malcolm, and customer relations officer Julie Walker.
After the event, they spent time cleaning up discarded bottles and other rubbish in the park.
Jane said: “Leazes Park is a stunning place to take part in a run for the Stroke Association, as the oldest park in Newcastle.
“We were delighted to help the Stroke Association with their fundraising this year, by sponsoring the water tables and helping Michelle with her run.
“We’re so proud of her for completing the 5km and the team for helping give out water to the intrepid runners and the occasional pets as they passed.”