Care home throws open doors to share events with com­mu­nity

Chloe rides high on suc­cess

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

YOUNG and old came to­gether on Na­tional Care Home Open Day with com­mu­nity fun at Prest­bury Beau­mont Care Home.

The home opened its doors to the public to of­fer them a taste of what life was like there.

There was a tempt­ing spread of teas, cof­fees, scones and cakes served with 100 per cent fruit jams, do­nated by Su­per Jam.

Staff also sold de­li­cious meringues, do­nated by Wilm­slow Bak­ery, to raise money for East Cheshire Hos­pice.

Visi­tors were able to walk around the home and the in­de­pen­dent liv­ing premises next to the main build­ing.

They also wit­nessed a demon­stra­tion of a typ­i­cal ex­er­cise ses­sion for res­i­dents pro­vided by fit­ness en­tre­pre­neur Ju­lia A STU­DENT from Prest­bury is rep­re­sent­ing Great Bri­tain at an in­ter­na­tional eques­trian event.

Chloe Vell, 17, was due to com­pete in the U18 dres­sage sec­tion at the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion for Eques­trian Sports Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in France af­ter be­com­ing one of the top four ju­nior riders in the coun­try.

Chloe, who at­tends Withing­ton Girls’ School’s Sixth Form, was one of just four GB riders in her age group at the Ju­nior and Young Riders event held in Vi­dauban, south west France, last week.

The de­ter­mined stu­dent Robert­son, a fre­quent visi­tor to the home.

The af­ter­noon ended with a raf­fle and a walk through the home’s grounds.

Fundrais­ing con­tin­ued af­ter the event at the new Prest­bury Peru­vian cof­fee shop, Cafecito, with more sweet treats on of­fer.

The meringues and a raf­fle raised a to­tal of £45 for the hos­pice.

Bev­er­ley Davies, gen­eral man­ager at the home, said: “It was great that so many peo­ple came along to celebrate Na­tional Care Home Open Day with us and helped raise money for a char­ity that we con­stantly try to sup­port.

“Prest­bury Beau­mont staff and res­i­dents love a good cel­e­bra­tion but it’s al­ways ex­tra spe­cial when the lo­cal com­mu­nity gets in­volved too.” has been rid­ing since she was four and was first cho­sen to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain for dres­sage, some­times re­ferred to as horse bal­let be­cause of the chore­ographed move­ments horse and rider per­form, at the age of 12.

As well as a place in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for the sec­ond time, her pas­sion has al­ready earned her 45 caps.

Chloe, who hopes even­tu­ally to study Medicine, said: “I was thrilled to be se­lected to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain as one of the top four U18 riders in the coun­try at the Euro­pean

Care Home Open Day is cel­e­brated by care homes across the coun­try and aims to en­cour­age stronger re­la­tion­ships be­tween care homes and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Cham­pi­onships.

“This was my sec­ond Euro­peans on my horse, Kaja. We com­peted to­gether in the 2013 cham­pi­onships but last year we were sadly out as he was in­jured. But we’re back on track now and I’m de­lighted that we’ve got through again. It’s a mas­sive achieve­ment for me.”

Chloe made an im­pres­sive come­back dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing rounds this spring and was placed best Bri­tish rider over­all in the Un­der 18s Ju­nior Cat­e­gory at the Na­tions Cup dres­sage in­ter­na­tional in Sau­mur, France, in May.

●● Chloe Vell and her horse, Kaja, have rep­re­sented Bri­tain in dres­sage in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships for un­der-18s

●● Ex­er­cise time for res­i­dents dur­ing the open day at Prest­bury Beau­mont Care Home

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