Kent man takes on six-hour endurance race in memory of his sister

5 August 2016

Matt Bernau and Ryan Clark A Kent man is taking on a gruelling six-hour mountain bike race to raise money for the care home that looked after his sister — who sadly passed away this year.

Matt Bernau, 28, and his flatmate Ryan Clark, 27, from Tonbridge are raising money for Sobell Lodge in Staplehurst.

This is in memory of Matt’s sister Stephanie, who was a resident at the home for eight years.

The friends are raising money to pay for multi-sensory equipment that gives sound, touch and visual stimulus.

It will be hugely beneficial for residents at Sobell Lodge which cares for disabled people including some with high care needs.

Matt said:

‘Multi-sensory equipment had a great effect on Stephanie, and she loved using it.

‘I’m glad I can give something back to the home and staff because they did an amazing job caring for my sister.’

Service manager Tracy Haith said:

‘Steph was a big part of life at Sobell Lodge and we all miss her very much. 

‘What Matt and Ryan are doing is tremendous. The whole family are really supportive of the home and still come to visit the residents here.

‘Having lost a daughter and a sister would have been very difficult, but they still want to help others, it’s amazing.’

The types of equipment that Matt and Ryan’s kind donation will fund includes a mobile ‘Magic Carpet’ device, which projects videos on a screen that residents can interact with. 

All the equipment promotes movement, interaction, and independence.

Matt added:

‘We’ve had so many touching messages of support from friends, family and work colleagues.

‘In some cases from people who didn’t know that Stephanie has sadly passed away.

‘Our family has set up a website to commemorate and celebrate Stephanie’s life, and if anyone would like to donate to support Sobell Lodge that would be wonderful.’

To support Matt and Ryan please donate via their fundraising page or Stephanie’s shared memories page.

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