Lyme Lunge raises £4,500 for Children’s Hospice South West

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 April 2016

Paula Garrett, of CHSW, receives a cheque for £4,500 from Rotary President John Bartlett, President-Elect David Sarson and Rotarian Jim Moseley, who ran the Lyme Lunge

Paula Garrett, of CHSW, receives a cheque for £4,500 from Rotary President John Bartlett, President-Elect David Sarson and Rotarian Jim Moseley, who ran the Lyme Lunge

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Hardy swimmers who took a chilly dip on New Year’s Day helped Lyme Regis Rotary Club donate £4,500 to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The money came from sponsorship of the annual Lyme Lunge, boosted by a grant from Rotary District 1200.

Rotary president John Bartlett said: “The aim of the hospice is to support children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, and strives to ensure that no family is more than an hour and a half away from its care.

“In addition to the children, mums, dads, brothers and sisters are all catered for. The hospice is a home-away-from-home. Some families say it’s like being wrapped in a warm blanket... offering respite, emergency end-of-life and bereavement care. The average relationship time for a family with CHSW is seven to 10 years. Children go there from life-limited diagnosis to end of life... it’s about enabling, and making time for families to be families, helping to make the most of short and precious lives.”

Paula Garrett, of CHSW, who took part in the lunge, said: “This generous donation from rotary will be used specifically to purchase a ‘hardrock chair’ and waterproof, four-way sliding sheets for Little Bridge House in Devon.

“The chair helps support children who are not only life-limiting, but who also have challenging behaviour. Preventing them from rocking, it keeps them safe and comfortable while feeding, and helps the care team engage them in everyday activities. The four-way sheets vastly improve the movement of immobilised patients, preventing distress and pressure sores and avoiding carer back strain when lifting heavy patients.”


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