Seniors get sporty for day at the races

  • Johnny Lightbourne, left, shares a moment with his 84-year-old father Clarence. (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)

    Johnny Lightbourne, left, shares a moment with his 84-year-old father Clarence. (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)

  • Caretaker Tug of War at the Lorraine Rest Home Sports Day. (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)

    Caretaker Tug of War at the Lorraine Rest Home Sports Day. (Photograph by Sekou Hendrickson)


Seniors enjoyed a day at the races at a special sports day.

Residents from 17 care homes gathered at the Lorraine Rest Home in Warwick to take part in events that included an egg-and-spoon race and a wheelchair race on Thursday.

Pupils from primary and nursery schools worked with caregivers to help the seniors in the activities and also took part in their own events.

Anne Seymour, 75, said she went to the annual sports day every year to watch her friends, although she did not live in a rest home.

Ms Seymour, from Warwick, said she enjoyed the atmosphere and that “everyone comes together” for the races.

She added: “It’s made me feel good to see everybody have a good time.”

Johnny Lightbourne, 62, came to the event to support his 84-year-old father, Clarence, who took part in the wheelchair race.

Mr Lightbourne said the sports day helped his father stay active in spite of Parkinson’s disease, a nerve disorder that affects motor skills.

Mr Lightbourne added: “He can’t do too much because of the Parkinson’s, but he likes to get out. His father, a resident at Lorraine Rest Home, said: “I held up the rear. But it was all in good fun.”

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Published May 11, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated May 11, 2019 at 7:40 am)

Seniors get sporty for day at the races

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