Elms resident to undertake charity six-mile walk

91-year-old Marguerite Burfitt, a resident at The Elms Nursing Home in Bembridge, is taking on a six-mile walk in aid of the Isle of Wight Mencap.


Marguerite, who has lived at The Elms Nursing Home since August 2020, will be undertaking the challenge with the home’s Activities Coordinator, Lucas Valvona, on Sunday 11 June, starting at Appley Tower in Ryde at 9am. The pair will walk six miles along the coast to The Old Mill Wall at St Helen’s.


The Isle of Wight Mencap supports people with learning disabilities. Its vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to, and included.


During her career, Marguerite worked in nursing and midwifery in London and Plymouth. Her biggest achievement was passing her Midwifery Teaching Diploma and she also trained as a midwifery tutor. Marguerite’s love of walking stems from herself and her husband being keen ramblers and they have walked the length of the south coast whilst holidaying together.


The Elms offers residential, day care, nursing, dementia, end of life care and respite care at its characterful 48-bedroom home. Residents benefit from specialist nursing care, large, landscaped gardens and enjoy a full schedule of activities, entertainment and outings to suit all tastes.


We’ll catch up with Marguerite and add to this story after this weekend.


If you would like to donate to Marguerite’s fundraising event for Isle of Wight Mencap, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/lucas-valvona-1683025301907?fbclid=IwAR2X6uhH6d765QzhOkCnnXSiBarNRztVHoO7PUI2UgQh-ISNp884j8_hJqA

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