LEEDS, England, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Bupa awarded ten free places in the Bupa Junior Great Manchester Run to pupils from Moorgate Primary School in Bolton, Lancashire..
Ten pupils from the school, situated in close proximity to Bupa's Mill View Residential and Nursing Home and Nursing Home were offered the chance to tackle the 2.5km course for free.
Bupa awarded the ten free running places to the school, to encourage the children to exercise, after members of staff from the Bupa residential and nursing home delivered Activ-eat, Bupa's initiative which teaches children the benefits of healthy eating through fun and memorable activities.
The school gratefully snapped up the free places and all funds raised were donated to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
This year Bupa also offered free running places to the relatives of all its care home residents. In addition, four staff members from Bupa Care Services took part as runners and one as a volunteer.
Sue Kilby, activity coordinator at Bupa's Mill View Residential and Nursing Home, said: "We have been delivering Activ-eat to the children from Moorgate Primary School for some time and they are always excited about getting involved and learning more about healthy eating. I am so pleased that the children decided to take part in the Bupa Junior Great Manchester Run, and they all did brilliantly on the day."
Siobhan Drane, Bupa's community affairs consultant, commented: "As a healthcare company, Bupa is keen to help tackle the issue of child obesity and promote nutrition and exercise. I am delighted that the children at Moorgate wanted to get involved in the run, and it is a great addition to the lessons learnt on our Activ-eat programme."
About Bupa Care Services:
Bupa Care Services runs 305 nursing and residential homes in the UK and cares for almost 18,500 people. Bupa'’s homes are open to everyone - with over 70 percent of UK residents receiving state funding. Bupa is the only company to offer Alzheimer's Society-trained Dementia Champions in its UK specialist care homes and over 25% of its beds in the UK are registered for specialist dementia care. Bupa Care Services employs over 27,000 people and owns care homes in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand
For more information, visit http://www.bupa.co.uk/care-homes.
About Bupa Group:
Bupa's purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives. A leading international healthcare group, Bupa offers personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.
With no shareholders, Bupa invests its profits to provide more and better healthcare. Bupa is committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.
Employing nearly 52,000 people, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.