Donisthorpe Hall held a thank you night for the walkers who participated in its 24-hour endurance walk held earlier this year.
The money raised from the first walk in 2012, brainchild of Ashley Cohen, helped fund the sun room which was originally an empty space.
Andrew Brown, chairman of Donisthorpe Hall trustees, told the walkers that “your blood sweat and blisters entirely paid for this space to be carved out and converted into the room you see now. Not only has the sunroom great therapeutic advantages it also puts a smile on people’s faces.”
The money raised from this year’s walk was £22,500 and is going towards a sensory garden.
“We are currently working with Bradford University on dementia and the treatment given to patients. The university will have some input into the the design of this project which has been estimated primarily at £82,000. Currently in the planning stages it is hoped to be installed next spring.
Shirley Solk said the walk offered a challenge she wanted to be involved in and also because of where the money went to. “I feel quite passionate about that because I work at the care home and to see how the residents will benefit from our endeavours really makes it all worthwhile.”
Walker Adam Kaminsky said his wife had already learnt to ice skate for Donisthorpe’s big spectacular and he thought he wanted to “do something to help Donisthorpe.
“My grandmother had been resident at the home and we have friends who have relatives here, so I felt like giving something back to a hugely important cause.”
Eddie Rivlin was not a walker before he committed himself to participate in the event and he found the actual walk “really tiring, but nothing a good night’s sleep wouldn’t cure.
“The end result was really fantastic and it makes all that training and taking part worthwhile.”
by John Fisher