Nonagenarian Joan puts her best foot forward for charity

A 94-year-old Shrewsbury woman has proved age is no barrier to keeping fit by completing a charity walk and helping to raise hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Joan sets out on her charity walk

Joan sets out on her charity walk

Joan Hopwood, who lives at Coverage Care’s Briarfields residential home in Belle Vue, finished a one-mile Memory Walk at Attingham Park and raised nearly £200 for the charity herself in the process.

The nonagenarian was the oldest person to take part in the sponsored walk and was part of a team from Briarfields and Coverage Care, which raised a total of £338.

Briarfields Manager Denise Morris said: “Taking part in the event was literally a walk in the park for Joan!

“She likes to go out every day and walk around the local area of Belle Vue and when this event was approaching, she would say she was going out ‘training’.

“It gave her something to focus on and she raised lots of sponsor money herself from the local community that she meets on her travels.”

David Coull, Chief Executive of Coverage Care, said: “Joan is an inspiration and a great example of what you can achieve if you stay fit.

“We support and help our Coverage Care residents to lead healthy lifestyles but Joan needs no encouragement!”

Coverage Care Services is Shropshire’s leading independent care home provider, run on a not-for-profit basis and cares for mainly older people in 14 homes across the county.

Joan with another of the charity walkers at Attingham Park

Joan with another of the charity walkers at Attingham Park

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