Care team in the east run 5k Mucky Race for Macmillan

A group of care colleagues from Brooklyn House in Norfolk and Rendlesham in Suffolk will run the 5k Mucky Races later this month for cancer charity Macmillan.

The team of five is made up of Home Manager Emma Mackenzie-Bedford, Regional Manager Alison Lovelock, Brooklyn House Care Assistants Debbie Smith and Heidi Snare, as well as Ruth Halls, Home Manager at Rendlesham Care Centre in Suffolk.

The team have jointly raised at least £500 for charity and will run the 5k (or 3 mile) course this Sunday 25 October at Blackwater Farm in Norfolk (NR9 5PH). The 5k course across 160 acres of grassland involves numerous jumps, wading through mud, water obstacles as well as wading through 150 metres of Freezing River!

The group travelled to the south coast in the Claydon House personal minibus. At Caring Homes, each of our homes has their own minibus to be able to take residents out on request.

Brooklyn House Home Manager Emma McKenzie-Bedford, said: “My other half did the Fenland Dash in May this year and I thought I could do something like that! Others have offered to support me as we are a very supportive group – it seemed like a good idea at the time but I am getting nervous about it now!”

Alison Lovelock, Regional Manager added: “This is all for a good cause – Macmillan is Caring Homes’ corporate charity partner for 2015/16 so are supporting the charity as much as we can. We held 36 Macmillan coffee mornings at our homes on 25 September and collectively raised £3,000 so the extra funding by completing the Mucky Race will be great for boosting this total!”

She added: “I’ve personally not done anything like this before, I keep checking the weather daily and it is set to be 14 degrees on the day, so not too cold, but there is rain expected the day before so the course will be extremely muddy!”

Ruth Halls, Home Manager at Rendlesham Care Centre, said of the challenge: “I am always happy to support care colleagues, as we do pull together for good causes and do mad things like this! I am sure our families will cheer us on, and we will work together and finish as a team, even the 6ft wall that I am told is part of the course!”

Brooklyn House provides residential and nursing care in Attleborough, Norfolk. The home offers a full range of nursing support, including trial stays, short stays and convalescence care, specialising in cancer care, palliative care and care following a stroke. In summer 2015 the home was rated as a ‘good’ care home by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Rendlesham Nursing Home provides nursing and specialist dementia care in a peaceful location of rural Suffolk. The home is made up of three self-contained communities living in one location and has a very homely living environment. It provides residential, nursing and dementia care and specialises in care for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as palliative care The dementia care provided at Rendlesham Care Centre has been designed to meet standard of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre, which is renowned as a world leader in the field of Dementia care. In July 2015 the home was rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Rendlesham Care Centre

Home Manager

Joanne Rix


Suffolk Drive,
IP12 2TP

0808 223 5531
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Brooklyn House

Home Manager

Kathryn Abbs


Queens Road,
NR17 2AG

0808 223 5412
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