Staff at Peak Care in Ashover have been striding out with their pets on a sponsored walk designed to fund more unusual, stimulating and recreational activities for the older adult men and women in their care.
They have already had a visit from a mobile mini-zoo in where they were able to enjoy handling snakes, spiders, a skunk and giant rabbits.
At the weekend, a resident of Grove House, staff, partners and friends laced on their walking boots and headed off with dogs of all shapes and sizes on a five-mile circular walk around the parish which took in Milltown, Overton, and a return to the village centre via the Coffin Steps.
“We want to introduce a varied and stimulating programme for the residents of both Grove House and Grove Park but many of the things we considered proved to be quite costly and so we decided to fund-raise to make them possible,” explained community development worker Sally Allison.
Thanks to local sponsorship and the dedication of the staff at Peak Care, a number of other events - including a Sunday Best Clothes Sale, the Noisy Neighbours Musical Entertainers and a ‘Mary DeVille’ programme of entertainment and poems - are now in the pipeline for June and July.
Said Sally: “We are most grateful to the many people who have supported us so far. Their donations will certainly make quite a difference to our social programme.”