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Shenley Wood Walkers Celebrate

28th September, 2011

Staff and future residents of Shenley Wood Village in Milton Keynes have gone for a two-day hike to raise money for their new home.

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The walkers were joined by their local MP, Iain Stewart, for the last leg of the 35-mile North Bucks Way Walk, which finished up with a barbecue at the new retirement village, due to open in spring 2012.

25 future residents with a combined age of over 1,750 took part, and raised over £1,000 for the village appeal fund. The Shenley Wood Friends welcomed them back by playing Congratulations and had laid on food, banners, balloons and even a disco for their new neighbours!

"The glorious weather was both a blessing and a curse but the walkers enjoyed the fantastic views from Quainton Hill and enjoyed a real sense of achievement and team spirit," said Village Manager Martyn Dawes, who also took part.

"The 1,000 challenge was to raise £1,000 and have residents whose age totalled 1,000 years walking sections of the walk. In the event, over 25 friends and residents walked, with a combined age of over 1,750!"

MP Iain Stewart said he was delighted to take part in the walk to support the new development. "Shenley Wood Village will offer a range of activities which will help local older people remain independent and healthy," he said.

The event was part of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's Olympic Challenge, which aims to cover 25,000 miles (the circumference of the globe) across its 29 retirement villages and schemes before the start of the Olympic Games next year.

Martyn said that the residents have no plans to slow down. "It was a great two days and we are already thinking what we can do for next year."

Picture:

Left to right: Iain Stewart MP, Sheila Gould, Brenda Ryan, Village Manager Martyn Dawes, Brian Gould, Dennis Bradley, Colin Bisacre, Brian Hobbs, and Colin Howarth prepare for the North Bucks Way Walk at Shenley Wood Village, Milton Keynes.

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For further information, please contact:

Lucy Henson, PR officer
0789 105 3062
lucy.henson@extracare.org.uk