Swimming challenges boosts funds for care home minibus

Swimming challenge for Tickford Abbey care home - senior carer Emma with her two sons.

Swimming challenge for Tickford Abbey care home - senior carer Emma with her two sons.

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A swimming challenge has raised funds towards a care home minibus.

Twelve staff and volunteers from Tickford Abbey care home in Newport Pagnell raised £1,228 for the purchase of a minibus for the care home residents.

Twelve people took part in the swimming challenge held at Wolverton Swimming and Fitness Centre on September 5.

Amie Leveridge, 27, activity co-ordinator at Tickford Abbey, swam with her 25-year-old brother Daniel, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Senior carer Emma took part in the swim with her two young sons who thoroughly enjoyed a paddle while having lots of fun at the same time.

Other swimmers set their personal best targets and swam extra lengths. Lisa Irons swam 2,000 metres (80 laps), while Georgia, a volunteer, swam 1,900 metres (76 laps).

Nick Palmer, deputy manager of Wolverton Swimming and Fitness Centre, managed to swim 1,600 metres (64 laps) while two other swimmers, Ryan and Julie swam 1,250 metres (50 laps) each.

All swimmers who took part received the award certificates in recognition of their efforts.

Amie’s mum, Angela, was on hand providing support by running a tombola in the lobby area of the swimming and fitness centre.

Amie said: “I am amazed how well the event turned out. I cannot thank enough the people who took part, those who donated and the staff at Wolverton Swimming and Fitness Centre for helping us turn it into a fun and fantastic event.”

Thanks to the money raised from the event, Tickford Abbey care home are closer to reaching their fundraising goal of £10,000 for the purchase of the minibus.

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