Fundraisers pedal their way to victory in care home cycling challenge 

A charity cycling event saw young footballers and elderly care home residents join forces to cover almost 200 miles on exercise bikes. 

One of the participants was 75-year-old Margaret Waggitt, a lifelong cycling enthusiast from Pelton Grange Care Home in Chester le Street. 

Margaret covered almost two miles in just one sitting and added a further three miles later on in just 15 minutes.

The challenge took place during the home's summer fayre,when staff and visitors managed to clock up an additional 180 miles in 12 hours - the majority being achieved by the coach and players from the Birtley Town under 10s football team. Fundraisers pedal their way to victory in care home cycling challenge

Lindsay Sale-Thorn, activities coordinator at Pelton Grange Care Home, is the mother of one of the team's players and invited the rest to participate in the cycling challenge. 

She said: : “The team were amazing. They cycled their little hearts out and really enjoyed the day.”

The summer fayre and cycling challenge raised almost £120 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Les Burnett, home manager, said: “I’m so proud of my team for beating the weather and creating a fabulous day for our residents, their families and our friends.

“It was great to see the younger members of the Birtley Town football team do their bit to support the wonderful cause of raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

The cycling challenge was in support of Wendy Waddicor, managing director of the Hill Care Group, which operates the care home.

Wendy recently cycled over 340 miles from London to Paris to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society – raising almost £7,700 with the help of Hill Care’s homes across the north of England.

She said: “It was great to see the residents, staff and visitors all taking part. I’m really grateful for the support.

“The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity close to the hearts of everyone at Hill Care, as many of our homes offer specialist dementia care, and I’m so proud everyone’s efforts to help raise such an amazing amount.”

Further donations can be made through Wendy’s JustGiving page at