A KIND-HEARTED group of dementia care staff had a swimmingly good time raising charity cash.
Hartlepool Day Centre staff, Joanne Blackwood, Paula McIlwrath, Kim Fenwick and Ann Roe all took part in the sixth annual sponsored swim at Mill House Leisure Centre swimming pool, in the town’s Raby Road.
A caring woman called Debbie Smith - who had a family member that was cared for by the day centre – also took part, along with members of her family Niall Smith, Casey Smith and her niece Sophie Wiseman.
The swim has been taking place for six years and sees the charitable team swimming half a mile each for the extra-special cause.
And all money raised will go towards helping people who use the day service, which is ran from The hospital of God, in Greatham village, Hartlepool, but is based at Gretton Court, in Heather grove, near Grayfields.
Proud Joanne Blackwood, day services co-ordinator for the Hartlepool Day centre, said the team was absolutely delighted to have raked in a massive £860.55 for the dementia sufferers.
And she said although it was hard work everyone had a fantastic time.
She told the Mail: “This was our sixth year for the annual sponsored swim of half-a-mile in the Millhouse baths.
“Staff from Hartlepool Day Centre in attendance were myself, Paula McIlwrath, Kim Fenwick and Ann Roe as well as Debbie Smith and her family Niall, Casey and her niece who lives in Scotland Sophie.”
She added: “In total a massive £860.55 was raised which will benefit all the ladies and gentlemen who attend Hartlepool Day Centre.
“The centre provides social opportunities for people who have a diagnosis of dementia.”
Joanne said she would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sponsored them, especially staff and customers form Bakewells at St Patrick’s Shops, Angie’s Chippy, in Owton Manor Lane, and all family and friends for their continued support.