SWIMMERS who made a splash for charity were rewarded with a plaque for their efforts.
The Allison Campbell Trust (ACT) – which supports end-of-life patients who wish to stay at home – entered two teams in the Wareham Lions’ annual Swim for Charity event, in October last year.
And they topped the fundraising charts, bringing home nearly £2,000 for the ACT.
Richard Weaver, of Wareham Lions, presented the Nigel Barnes Shield – given to the team raising the most money – to Helen Casey, recently-appointed treasurer of the ACT during a celebration event at the Purbeck Allstars Sports Bar recently.
The trust was set up 18 months ago in honour of Allison, who lived in Wareham for more than two decades, who passed away at home.
Her family and friends made up the two teams in the swimming fundraising, who completed nearly 160 lengths between them.
Helen said: “A fantastic achievement from everyone involved, the swimmers for all their dedication to training and efforts on the day, to those who generously sponsored us and we must not forget the Wareham Lions, for giving us the opportunity to raise what is a significant amount of money for ACT.
“We are proud to have been presented for the second year running the coveted Nigel Barnes Shield.”
Allison was cared for at home by her husband Dave in her final illness, with the care and support of the local district nurses and community support workers, and often spoke of the kindness and humanity with which they looked after her.
Dave 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 aims to support Purbeck people who choose to die at home by providing things the NHS isn’t able to fund that can make a difference to their comfort and quality of life.
Items such as shampoo caps that enable people who are confined to bed to wash their hair and feel refreshed, or aromatherapy and wellbeing sets, hand-held fans or soothing dental products for dry mouths, and much more, can be provided.
For more information on the charity, log on to allisoncampbelltrust.org