SWIMMERS have made a splash for charity – raising nearly £2,000 to help those who wish to spend the end of their lives at home.
The Allison Campbell Trust (ACT) has thanked participants in Wareham Lions Club’s Swim for Charity event, held at Purbeck Sports Centre on Sunday, October 16.
The Trust was founded in memory of Allison, who died at home cared for by district nurses and community support workers. ACT aims to provide care and support the NHS is struggling to give to those who wish to die at home.
It put in two teams of Allison’s family and friends for the swimathon, who notched up nearly 160 lengths between them, and thanks to sponsorship raised nearly £2,000. Allison, who lived in Wareham for more than 20 years and loved the Purbeck area, was cared for at home by her husband during her final illness, with the care and support of local district nurses and community support workers.
She often spoke of the kindness and humanity with which they looked after her, said her husband, Dave.
He said: “Being at home made a great deal of difference to her quality of life in the last months, and we saw how important it was to give Alli not only professional care, but the less obvious things that made all the difference to her comfort and dignity.”
ACT can respond quickly to requests from professional teams caring for end-of-life patients in the community, for example, to fund items such as shampoo caps that enable people who are confined to bed to wash their hair and feel refreshed, or aromatherapy and well-being sets, hand-held fans or soothing dental products for dry mouths, and much more besides.
Anyone who thinks they may benefit from help from the charity should let their district nurse or support worker know.
For more details on the charity, and how to get involved, log on to https://allisoncampbelltrust.org.
“However you’d like to help, we would love to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the website,” a group spokesperson added.