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Olympic Stadium Built in Just a Few Hours

25th August, 2011

Residents of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Broadway Gardens retirement scheme in Bushbury, Wolverhampton, have built an Olympic stadium out of LEGO® bricks as part of their countdown to the Games.

Left to right front May Phillips, Betty Cartwright, Matt Parkes (centre), Jean Nicholls and Barbara Roberts. Behind are Maria Parkes and Lorraine Evans.

More than 20 residents and social club members took part and, for many, it was an opportunity to relive some old memories of playing with their children and grandchildren.

The bricks were supplied as a gesture of goodwill by Matt Parkes, the UK and Ireland's Head of Sales for LEGO® Education, who is also the son of Broadway Garden's social club support worker, Maria.

"It's shown me that no matter what age you are you can still have innovative and creative minds and we are never too old to stop learning by playing," he said.

Broadway Gardens is one of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's 29 schemes and villages who are involved in a unique countdown to the Olympics. The ExtraCare Olympic Challenge aims to cover 25,000 miles (the circumference of the globe), awarded as points for various activities, before the start of the Olympic Games next year.

Broadway Gardens has already achieved many points through a busy programme of events and the stadium building will add to them.

Activities co-ordinator Lorraine Evans said that the event was enjoyed by all. "We had an opportunity for our residents and social club members to do something different for our countdown and it worked. Everyone who took part became focused on the task and had fun at the same time."

Resident Jean Nicholls (76) said it was a fantastic day. "It was like being young again and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves."

And 92-year-old May Phillips didn't think she would be able to help. "But once I started I enjoyed every minute and it reminded me of the time when I helped my grandchildren with their building blocks."

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Left to right in front are May Phillips, Betty Cartwright, Matt Parkes (centre), Jean Nicholls and Barbara Roberts. Behind are Maria Parkes and Lorraine Evans.