K2B and C2B 2021

18th September 2021

Update from K2B/C2B: Following the news this week of the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown, the K2B Committee would like to reaffirm that we plan to hold the postponed 2020 walk on the 18th September 2021. This will of course be subject to any guidelines at the time. Hopefully the challenge will go ahead 🙂This will of course be subject to any guidelines at the time. Please pm Barrow Blind Society Organisers for more information.

K2B – Keswick to Barrow

Starting in Keswick, the route takes participants past the foot of Helvellyn, mountain in which King Arthur allegedly sleeps; through William Wordsworth’s Grasmere, Elterwater and The Langdales, to name but a few stunning sites; take in views of Coniston Old Man as the route passes Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, and tackle the ascent up Kirkby Moor to the highest point of the route. Finally, head to the finish line by descending through Marton to the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness.

The Coniston to Barrow Walk

The 21.1 mile Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk is also open to our younger walkers and those who would like a less rigorous route.

All walkers already registered for the 2020 walk will remain registered for 2021 and teams will remain as is. Registration will reopen in May to allow team coordinators to modify their teams and if spaces are available new walkers will be able to join.

The challenge suits walkers and runners alike. The fastest runners complete the 40.0 mile official race in just over four hours; the majority of walkers take between eight and 12 hours.

With eight official timing checkpoints along the way, as well as free drinks, food, first aid and support, you’ll be well looked after and receive a commemorative medal at the end!

You can sign up directly with the organisers by visiting their website or contact thian.brodie@vsbd.org.uk / t. 01229 440556

Ostley House Dementia Village

THE UK’s first sight loss dementia village, complete with cinema, virtual bus and pub, has officially opened its doors to the public.

Ostley House, which is run by the Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind, has finished its £400,000 expansion plan after five years of planning.

The specially designed village provides patients with the dual diagnosis of sight loss and dementia specialist care in a modern setting which caters for their individual needs.

Plans to extend the facility, which will be called Bradbury Village in honour of its main benefactor the Bradbury Foundation, into a dual-purpose care home have been in fruition since 2014.

Construction officially began in March 2019 following years of discussions and fundraising.

The dementia village consists of a dining room area, cafe, cinema room, virtual bus ride and shop.

Helen Silver, manager of Ostley House, described the expansion as ‘exceeding all their expectations’.

She said: “Our aim was to make Ostley House into a community rather than a care home which I think we have achieved.

ref: NWE Mail: https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18105910.uks-first-ever-sight-loss-dementia-village-opens-doors-public/