Hotel pedals in the pounds for older people

Manager at The Towerhouse Hotel Robert Oddy - cycling challenge for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Manager at The Towerhouse Hotel Robert Oddy - cycling challenge for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

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A Halifax hotel manager pushed it up a gear to fundraise for better facilities for a local older person’s day centre.

Tower House’s Robert Oddy cycled for eight hours and pedalled up £800 for Age UK’s Rimani House, Hall Street, day centre.

The hotel manager decided he wanted to help Rimani House day centre members feel more comfortable when they visit and raise awareness generally about isolation in older people in the #MakeItStop campaign.

Every December, Age UK Calderdale takes its day centre members to the hotel for a special four course Christmas lunch and live music performance.

Robert said the charity’s members always thank him for the effort the hotel goes to and says it is a pleasure to accommodate such lovely guest.

“Cycling 119 miles was hard work. But I wanted to do something to show a bit of dignity and respect for these people who need help the most but never ask for it and never complain. Tower House supports our older diners by giving a discount price dinner rate to Age UK. It was a lovely atmosphere.”

Halifax’s Age UK fundraiser Judith Churley said the charity followed and supported Robert’s cycle challenge.

“Robert realised how lonely older people can feel after meeting with some of our members at the Tower House and that struck a chord with him and so he decided to help us out. We really appreciate his fundraising efforts and ask anyone else if they would like to raise some cash for our older people to get in touch.”

The money raised will go towards new furniture and fabric at the centre in an effort to keep the centre clean and fresh for its members, said Judith.