MHS Norwood worker embarks on virtual run from Ipswich to Belgium

Published:
11:00 a.m. April 1, 2022



An Ipswich man will virtually travel the distance from Ipswich to Belgium, aiming to give his care home residents the days and activities they deserve.

Sergio Ishmael is the activities co-ordinator at MHA Norwood, a retirement and care home for people with dementia in Ipswich.

He challenged himself to walk, run and cycle 260 miles, garnering support from the community to give the house’s amenity fund a much-needed boost.


Sergio Ishmael is determined to drive the 260 miles from Ipswich to Belgium, garnering support from the community, to give the care home’s amenity fund a much-needed boost.
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

“As soon as I started I thought I had to do something,” said Sergio, 38, who has held the position since December.

Getting residents out for day trips and visits is, he said, hugely beneficial to their well-being.

“We managed to hang out a few weeks ago, at The Shed cafe in Sproughton. I managed to take four residents to lunch.

“When I got to work the next day, that was the first thing they talked about. They said, ‘It felt so good to get out.’

“It brought back a lot of memories, and as we sat around the table they were all talking about what was going on during the war.

“It brought back good memories for them rather than bad ones.”


Sergio believes that after a few difficult years, his residents deserve to enjoy a few days away from the nursing home.

Sergio believes that after a few difficult years, his residents deserve to enjoy a few days away from the nursing home.
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

Sergio is full of plans and enthusiasm to get residents out more often, and just needs the funds to do so.

“We used to make an annual trip to Felixstowe by coach. It’s something I definitely want to do, bring a few residents there for some good fish and chips and a walk along the waterfront.”

Sergio says he enjoys spending time with the residents in his care and wants to enrich their lives as much as possible.

“When I do things internally, nine times out of ten they won’t remember them the next day or even an hour later,” he said.

“But for me, if in the moment they enjoy it and I can bring them that little bit of joy, that’s all that matters.”

Sergio’s challenge starts on April 11. He has already exceeded his goal of £500.

“I haven’t even started yet, so the pressure is on!

To make a donation, go to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/norwoodamenityfund


Sergei has worked at MHA Norwood for five years, but has been in his role as Activities Coordinator since December.

Sergei has worked at MHA Norwood for five years, but has been in his role as Activities Coordinator since December.
– Credit: Charlotte Bond

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