Care Champion for Bluebird Care Newbury completes 10 Ultra Marathons to mark 10 years Work Anniversary

Sandra Owen, a Care Champion at Bluebird Care Newbury, has undertaken a mammoth task, all with the aim of raising money for charity. Sandra has set out to complete 10 ultra marathons to mark 10 years of working with Bluebird Care and to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.


She began her challenge in January 2018 and has spent the last 10 months doing various challenges. She has now completed her last challenge, the Chiltern 50km walk. The final total raised is £2080 for Alzheimer’s Society and her just giving page can be found at the following link:



Sandra made the decision to take on this challenge to raise money for helping to find a cure for dementia. Sandra has watched a family friend live with the condition along with many of Sandra’s customers, and it is something she frees extremely passionate about.

Sandra has worked in the care industry for many years, starting in 1982. In between this time, she pursued a career in the world of finance. After wanting to come back to a career where you can help people, she joined Bluebird Care Newbury on 2ndOctober 2008. In her role at Bluebird Care, she has excelled in her role and gone above and beyond – progressing through different roles and achieving a number of qualifications.

Details of each of the 10 challenges:


  • Walked a lap of the Isle of Wight= 106 km
  • Walked from London to Brighton = 100 km
  • Walked from Stroud to Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds=87 km
  • Climbed Snowdon
  • Walked from Poole to Bridport =100 km
  • Walked from Bath to Cheltenham=100 km
  • Walked from Eastbourne to Arundel=100 km
  • Walked from Putney to Henley=100 km
  • Walked from Arundel to Winchester=87 km
  • Completed the Chiltern 50 km ‘Walk, Run or Jog’


Sandra has walked 994 Kilometres, which to put it in perspective, is like walking from London to Edinburgh and back. The Directors of Bluebird Care Newbury, Phil Miles & John Prendergast, have supported Sandra’s goal to complete all these challenges by paying for her registration for each challenge.


Sandra was quickly promoted to a Care Supervisor where she helped other staff at Bluebird Care. However, Sandra missed seeing the customers and after a year she decided to go back to full time caring and became a Care Champion. In this role she ensured her skills were still being used, whilst giving her the care assistant role back that she loves.

In the past, Sandra had cared for her mum who sadly passed away from breast cancer and this inspired her to start walking and raised money for Macmillan. Sandra has also raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital after a work colleague’s grandson passed away from Leukaemia.


Sandra Owen, Care Champion at Bluebird Care Newbury, said:


“I am walking to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society because I am a domiciliary carer. For the last ten years, I have been delivering care to people in their own homes, so I can see on a daily basis what this dreadful disease does to the individual and their families.


“For the person suffering I cannot begin to imagine how they feel, to them whatever they are going through is real, they are living through so many different emotions. For the families, they have to deal with these emotions 24/7 and quite often, this condition can alter a person’s personality, which can be so hard to deal with.


“I see the heartache this brings on a daily basis and if I can help towards finding a cure then it will be so worth it. So, please help me to help find a cure by donating to such a worthy cause.”


Kim Teagle, Public Relations Manager at Bluebird Care Newbury, said:


“Sandra is an extraordinary and special person and working with her every day is a delight. She was one of Bluebird Care Newbury’s first employees and it quickly became evident that Sandra was a natural carer with a huge amount of empathy and compassion for the people she was caring for.


“Since being with Bluebird Care, she has a gained a Level 3 and completed a B Tech award in Dementia. She always puts others before herself and we all love her dearly.”



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