Residents from Jersey Cheshire Home took part, in a variety of ways, in the last stage of this year’s Collas Crill Island Walk.
Oscar Isik, 44, showed an inordinate amount of determination, operating a one-handed push bike wheelchair along the 2.5mile route from Le Haule slip to the finish line.
Tired but pleased with his achievement Oscar said “It was tough going and I hoped I would have been quicker, but I’m very happy that I finally made it!”
Jono Rothwell, one of the newest residents to Jersey Cheshire Home walked the same section, and five further residents; Anita Smith, Snowden Spencer, Fatima Rodriguez, Shaun Clark and David Abbot were pushed along the sand in the BeachAbility chairs – purpose built to allow those with disabilities to take part in activities on the beach. Anita explained how much she enjoyed her afternoon “I had a wonderful time, it was lovely to be on the beach with the wind in my hair and I was so pleased to be given a medal as I crossed the finish line”
Joining the JCH crew were Jack Schofield and Pam Monamy, residents from L’Hermitage Care Home, both of whom sported Parkinsons Jersey T-shirts, one of the main charities to be benefiting from the Walk sponsorship.
Suzie MacLagan from BeachAbility, who kindly arranged the opportunity said what a pleasure it had been “We were delighted to provide seven of our beach wheelchairs to allow residents from Jersey Cheshire Home and L’Hermitage Residential Care Home to complete the final stage of the Collas Crill Island Walk. There was a great sense of fun as well achievement in taking part in this fantastic community event and it was a fabulous sight to see so many of our chairs on the go at once!”
Jersey Cheshire Home staff and volunteers once again manned the St Aubin checkpoint, providing cake, water and encouragement to all of the participants for 13hours straight! Huge thanks must to go staff and volunteers that both helped on the checkpoint and assisted Beachability, pushing the residents along the route.
This wonderful opportunity that was provided for these disabled individuals is yet another example of charities working together to help those in need.