Residents at Dawson Lodge care home in Southampton have taken part in a series of activities for national fitness month this March to get fit for summer.

During the month residents at the home in Botley Road enjoyed exercise sessions with Emily Blackburn from Hampshire Cricket in the Community, stretching sessions with an instructor from Virgin Active West End, as well as a range of armchair exercises for those less mobile.

On 13 March Dawson Lodge also hosted Anchor’s Community Wellbeing Day and invited the local community into the home to take part in gentle exercise classes and join a talk on keeping healthy. Virgin Active lent the home an exercise bike for the day and staff worked together to ride the equivalent of 166 miles which is the distance from Dawson Lodge to Anchor’s offices in Bedford Street, London. Everyone taking part was sponsored and the team raised more than £120 for the home’s amenities fund.

Activity Co-ordinator Danielle Clements started the ride and commented "It really was a team effort, everyone who took part helped us achieve this fantastic goal and had a lot of fun!"

Other activities focused on health eating and residents particularly enjoyed making fruit smoothies after a talk on the benefits of eating five portions of fruit and veg a day.

Watch our video to see how the residents enjoyed these activities:


Dawson Lodge Manager Phil Chapman said: “All our meals are made from fresh, seasonal ingredients so we ensure the residents have healthy nutritious meals but we thought we would hold the Wellness Day to look at health in a holistic way.

“Eating healthy and gentle exercise means that older people can maintain mobility and boost their physical and mental wellbeing. This means they can continue to get the most out of life. Anchor’s Community Wellbeing Day is a great way to launch our spring programme of events which include International food evening, pets and animals day and Grandchildren’s Easter bonnet parade.

Resident Hannah Pearson 89 said she enjoyed the wellness month activities: “It was good to learn about keeping healthy as we did it in a fun way. It was enjoyable as it was an occasion to take part in activities with my friends and staff.”

Friend Marion Robinson 77 added: “I was particularly looking forward to doing the exercises as I knew they kept me agile.”

You can find out more information about Anchor's unique approach to activities here.

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