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The Royal Star & Garter Home In Solihull Tests Its Pedal Power


June 2013The Therapy Team at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull organised the Cycle to Surbiton event for Workout at Work Day.


Every year the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) encourages its members to organise a Workout at Work event. This event highlights the importance of physical activity and Physiotherapy in the prevention of workplace sickness and injury.


Residents and staff at our Solihull Home recreated the 120-mile journey from Solihull to Surbiton — where the Charity’s new Home is located ­­– on an exercise bike in the Home’s main reception!


Brave local volunteer Terry set a good pace from the off at 10am. Progress was recorded on a large map and, during the morning, the team also ran a quiz for those Residents and Staff watching the event to highlight the benefits of physical activity. Terry enjoys getting involved in many aspects of the Home’s busy activities and said of volunteering:


 “Getting involved with The Royal Star & Garter Homes is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. Residents are so important to us and any activity we do adds to the diversity and interest of their day. Cycle to Surbiton was great fun, I enjoyed taking part.”


Two hours in and tension mounted as the exercise bike overheated. But, after a 30-minute break, both the bike and the Therapy Team were fighting fit and ready to carry on. The Team even resorted to using children when John Marklew’s granddaughter, Millie, six, asked to have a go.


Finally, at 6.30pm the cyclists finally crossed the finish line, tired but happy, with 120 miles behind them… and just in time for tea!