Care home residents play with BAT!

Residents and members of the team at Cherry Garth care home at Holmer Green, High Wycombe, inspired by BAT and the Rio fever, have taken up playing ping pong!

The care home, which is run by local charity, The Fremantle Trust, has introduced table tennis as a regular activity on the back of BAT and our upcoming research looking at how it can help reduce cognitive decline and improve long-term memory for those living with dementia.

As an interactive pastime, it has also helped to boost social activity and physical wellbeing and may be rolled out across the group, based on its successful take-up.

While the table tennis activity is sparking nostalgia among residents at Cherry Garth, it is at the same time combining hand-eye coordination with fun and getting active.

Commenting on the initiative, Junior Walker, regional leisure and lifestyle team manager at The Fremantle Trust said: “Introducing table tennis to our programme of activity has been well received by both residents and members of our team. It’s a really interactive sport that can also be played sitting down and, though it’s quite fast paced, it’s all about taking part and having fun.