Gillingham or bust on a bicycle made for two

15th September 2010

Above left Good luck! Residents Gwen Spicer and Bessie Stopforth give the team a send off. Standing L-R Dan Goswell, Sam Bresland, Jenny Webster, Claire Brownless.

Above right Setting off! L-R Sam Bresland, Claire Brownless, Jenny Webster, Dan Goswell.


They say you never forget how to ride a bicycle, and care home manager Claire Brownless certainly hoped this was true when she set out on a 40-mile cycle ride!

Claire and care staff from Maiden Castle House care home in Dorchester successfully completed the sponsored cycle ride to a sister home in Gillingham, raising £350 for their residents’ amenities fund.

Claire, her deputy manager Sam Bresland, and carer Dan Goswell completed the ride just ahead of their target time of four hours.

Claire and Sam rode a tandem for the first time. “It took us by surprise when we went downhill. With two peoples’ weight on board, we were really flying!” said Sam.

The cyclists, backed up by a car driven by activities co-ordinator Jenny Webster, took a cross-country route through the villages via Buckland Newton, Stalbridge, and West Stour, arriving to tea and cake at St Martins care home in Gillingham, where both Claire and Sam had previously worked. Both homes are part of the Care South group.

Sam adds: “It was hard work but great fun. People were waving and cheering us on along the way, and we did have a few bursts of singing to keep our spirits up”.