Pedal power at care home

Valerie Manor owner Zoe Bates and chef Chris Slater with the cake

Valerie Manor owner Zoe Bates and chef Chris Slater with the cake

STAFF at an Upper Beeding care home are preparing to get on their bikes and pedal for charity.

Three exercise bikes will be set up in the conservatory at Valerie Manor, in Henfield Road, on Friday, February 28.

Owner Zoe Bates said the staff will be taking it in turns to ride, and see who clocks up the most hours.

“Of course, something must be worn to make everyone smile,” she added, explaining the idea was to give the residents something to enjoy while raising money for charity.

Funds raised will go to St Barnabas House, in Worthing, which the home regularly supports.

Residents and staff recently celebrated Zoe’s six years at Valerie Manor, with a special cake made by the chef, Chris Slater.

Zoe said: “Although it has been the most difficult six years of my life, it has also been the most rewarding – I feel so lucky to be doing the job that I love, looking after some of our older generation, people who have given so much to society throughout their life.

“To have found Valerie Manor, in Sussex where I grew up, was perfect and now having my family just around the corner again while doing what I love – who could ask for more.”




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