A care manager from Carefound Home Care’s office in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has raised £300 for Alzheimer’s Society after completing the Swim for Dementia challenge.
Sarah Vickers was only able to swim for 45 minutes at a time due to COVID-19 restrictions so swam three times a week to keep track of her progress on her smart watch.
In total, she swam 644 lengths in 30 days to reach her target of 10 miles.
Commenting on her achievement, Vickers said: “In my role at Carefound Home Care I have seen first-hand how difficult the COVID-19 pandemic has been for people living with dementia.”
“I really enjoyed taking part in the Swim for Dementia challenge and I’m very proud that my efforts have helped raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.”
“£300 means that over 1,800 people can access Talking Point, their online forum, where people can learn from each other’s experiences, share their frustrations and their knowledge of local services.”
Linzi Stewart, Community Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, commented: “Following a difficult year for people with dementia, we are in awe of supporters like Sarah whose brilliant fundraising efforts enable us to reach more people through our vital support services, like the Dementia Connect support line.”
“Our services have been used over 6 million times since the first lockdown began in March last year and have been a lifeline to thousands, but there are so many more who urgently need our help.”