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Table cricket is a real 'all-rounder' for our residents at Riverside View Care Home

Next up to bat are the residents from Riverside View Care Home!

Following the success of our cricket sessions held at Hallgarth Care Home, we recently launched our table cricket initiative at Riverside View Care Home in Darlington. The event was a huge success thanks to Darlington Building Society and Durham County Cricket Club who worked in collaboration with Four Seasons Health Care to help bring a smile to our residents’ faces.

Our residents aim to clear the boundary

What is table cricket we hear you ask?

This fully inclusive version of the sport incorporates a table, a small wooden bat and bowling ramp. As a game which can be played from the luxury of your chair, table cricket is an ideal sport for our residents, and to say it became a little competitive would be an understatement! Watch the video below to see our residents enjoying the game whilst showing great sportsmanship and teamwork with the support of Durham cricketer Cameron Steel:

Building partnerships with the community

Working with the community and establishing partnerships is vital to enabling us to provide these very special resident experiences. Caroline Darnbrook from Darlington Building Society explains why she was keen to get involved: “… this is part of our programme to share 5% of our net profits with the local community and we’re making sure we are giving back to all the people in the local area. Our members’ have a say in terms of the types of opportunities we share our money with, and one of the areas they wanted to support was alleviating loneliness for older people, hence one of the reasons why we are here.”

A huge thank you to Darlington Building Society for their sponsorship of two table tennis tables for our care homes Hallgarth and Riverside. And, thank you to Durham County Cricket Foundation for bringing this game into our homes. We hope to see Caroline, Josie and Cameron for many more rounds in the future!

Date published: 12 April 2018

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