fbpx

87-year-old Harrogate care home resident walks 700 miles in one year

A resident at a care home in Harrogate has walked 700 miles in just one year in a bid to stay active.

87-year-old Margaret Hockney achieved the feat following her arrival at Harcourt Gardens Care Home in June 2022.

Margaret was taken ill last year and following a short stay in hospital moved into Harcourt Gardens – a luxury residential care home offering dementia and respite care.

Determined to return to better physical health, Margaret stopped her medication, upgraded the wheels for her trolley, and downloaded a pedometer app on her smartphone in a bid to build her strength.

Margaret said:

“My goal was to get to 4,000 steps a day. Because of the location of the home, I realised I could walk very nicely around the stray, or into town. I worked out a flat route around the home and stepped to it.”

Despite her ill health before moving into the home, Margaret has always been very active.

Before she drove a car, Margaret would ride a bike to and from her work as a midwife in the 1950s.

Margaret added:

“The funny thing is, I didn’t even realise how far I had walked until I had a little play with the pedometer app and I couldn’t believe my eyes when it showed I had covered 700 miles.”

Care home manager at Harcourt Gardens Care Home, Debbie Daniels said:

“Margaret is a true inspiration and a shining example of sheer determination – Margaret really is testament to the saying ‘age is just a number’.

“Nothing will stop Margaret from getting her steps in – she leaves the home with everything she needs for rain or shine in her trolley bag and owns a good pair of shoes recommended for her osteoarthritis.

“As well as keeping physically active, Margaret is also a big believer in keeping her mind active too and has started a Scrabble Club here at Harcourt Gardens on a Sunday afternoon.”

Margaret added:

“I’ve always loved the outdoors and moving into a care home wasn’t going to stop me from exploring and keeping my body and mind fit and active.”

RAF veteran Stanley, 100, receives over 850 cards from all over the world for his big day

RAF veteran Stanley, 100, receives over 850 cards from all over the world for his big day

Read more
RAF Veteran Receives Over 850 Birthday Cards

RAF Veteran Receives Over 850 Birthday Cards

Read more
100-year-old RAF Veteran receives over 850 birthday cards from well-wishers around the world

100-year-old RAF Veteran receives over 850 birthday cards from well-wishers around the world

Read more