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Members of Tolson Grange Care Home, Dalton, enjoy trip along River Calder

Crew set sail from Shepley Bridge marina

Activities co-ordinator Craig Green relaxes with George at the back of the boat.

Members of Tolson Grange Care Home, Dalton, embarked on its second voyage of the year down the River Calder recently on board the Austin Johnson boat.

It set sail with Safe Anchor Trust from Shepley Bridge marina.

SAT has been providing access to the canals since 1995 to support organisations that require social and recreational activities to maintain the health of its residents.

As the home’s maiden voyage was in April, the weather was rather colder, however, on this occasion the sombreros were out in full swing as the crew made steady progress through the river locks in the sunshine.

The handful of residents on board enjoyed plenty of sing a longs as the trip brought back plenty of memories.

The experience was particularly enjoyed by one resident – George Sykes.

He entertained the boat’s crew with stories about his Royal Navy days as he steered the boat along calm waters.

Craig Green, activity co-ordinator, said: “It’s an unbelievable honour to be part of that nostalgic moment of someone’s life story.

“Experiences like this would not be possible if it were not for the selfless team work of our staff here at Tolson Grange.

“We continue to ‘push the boat out’ to encourage a healthy life style for our residents.”


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