10 May Thirsk Care Home Residents Dance Their way to 100 Song for Captain Tom Challenge
Residents at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk have completed the ‘Captain Tom 100’ challenge after throwing an all-day danceathon to raise money for the former British Army Officer’s charity.
The fundraiser, organised by the family of Sir Captain Tom Moore, encourages people all over the world to complete a challenge of their choice centred around the number 100 to mark what would have been his 101st birthday at the end of April.
Residents were keen to take part after being inspired by Captain Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts at the start of the pandemic. Residents opted to host a 100 song danceathon, which featured much-loved tunes such as The Macarena and Cha Cha Slide, The Locomotion and La Bamba as well as some of the residents favourite artists such as Shirley Bassey, The Beach Boys, Marty Wilde, Buddy Holly and Tom Jones.
Staff got into the groove by dressing up in neon 80’s dancewear as residents set them fun challenges and dance offs!
The fundraiser, which was set on ‘International Day of Dance’ was also documented on the official Hambleton Grange TikTok account, amassing hundreds of views and positive comments.
Resident, Betty Taylor, said, ‘I had so much fun dancing the day away in memory of Captain Tom – He accomplished so much in his life and is very inspirational. The dance off’s were brilliant fun to watch and made us all laugh out loud! 100 songs sounds like a lot, but the tracks flew by and put everyone in a brilliant mood!’.
Lifestyle Manager, Linzi Williamson said, ‘I am so proud of all the residents at Hambleton Grange for completing our danceathon in honour of Captain Tom. He was a truly inspirational man and many of our residents were inspired by his fundraising last year, so it did not take much to get them out of their seats and showing us their best moves! It was a fantastic day and I know that the money we helped to raise will be put to great use’.
Nikki Higgins, Home Manager at Hambleton Grange said, ‘Dancing is a brilliant exercise that has the power to really lift people’s spirits. Our residents love to dance and have fond memories of going to dance halls as young adults! It was brilliant to see everyone smiling, singing and of course dancing – all for a brilliant foundation that means so much to our nation!’.
Hambleton Grange, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home where residents and staff have recently received their second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination. The home is currently welcoming new residents for short and long term placements and loved ones are able to visit in dedicated Covid-safe social rooms (subject to current guidelines). Hambleton Grange is rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission. For more information about Hambleton Grange, contact Nikki on 01845 523 837 or visit https://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk.