Swimming to buy a minibus

Amie and Daniel PNL-150209-112337001
Amie and Daniel PNL-150209-112337001

Staff and volunteers from Tickford Abbey care home for the elderly in Newport Pagnell are taking part in a sponsored swim on Saturday at Wolverton Swimming and Fitness Centre.

They will be joined by friends and deputy manager of the fitness centre Nick Palmer, in their bid to raise £1,000 to buy a minibus for residents.

Tickford Abbey activities co-ordinator, Amie Leveridge, aged 27, is taking part in the sponsored swim with her 24-year-old brother Daniel, who has cerebral palsy.

Wolverton Pool is one of the best-equipped swimming pools in Bucks, with all the necessary equipment to help disable people enjoy a swim, from a ceiling hoist to a chair that is lowered into the pool.

Each swimmer in the sponsored event is to setting themselves a goal they wish to achieve.

Amie, who has worked at Tickford Abbey for just over a year, said: “The need for a minibus is huge for the residents.

“It would mean the world to them to be able to have easy transportation to locations they would like to go.

“I wanted to aim big with the challenge we set ourselves – hence the sponsored swim.

“We are very grateful for all the support and assistance from Nick Palmer and his team with this event and would like to thank all the sponsors for their generosity.”

Mr Palmer said: “Here at Wolverton Swimming and Fitness Centre we are happy to help any fundraising or charity event if we can.

“We hope that everyone participating in the sponsored swim has fun and that Tickford Abbey care home are able to raise as much money as they can to help buy a minibus.”

The swimmers have so far raised £700. The sponsored swim takes place from 8.30am to noon, and everyone is welcome to watch.