Residents of specialist care village, Belong Crewe, have been making waves at a dementia-friendly sponsored swimming event, organised to raise money to expand the range of activities and resources available at the village.
Residents, staff members and residents swam a total of over 15 kilometres (900 widths) during the hour-long sponsored swim at Crewe Lifestyle Centre. Belong Crewe residents have been honing their swimming skills at the centre’s swimming sessions, which are specifically tailored for older people and people living with dementia.
Swimming has been proven to hold many benefits for people with dementia, including reducing anxiety and falls, increasing flexibility and improving sleeping patterns.
Belong Crewe resident, Victoria King, who took part in the sponsored swim, commented: “We had a great time swimming and it was a lovely surprise to see all of the support that we had in donations and spectators. It was wonderful to have my family taking part too; three generations of us were swimming together!”
Belong Crewe experience coordinator, Sharon Bull, added: “Residents had a great time at the dementia-friendly sponsored swim. It is often believed that dementia can prevent people from taking part in activities that they used to enjoy, so it is wonderful to see residents taking up swimming again and we look forward to putting the money raised towards activities at the village.”
Belong colleagues are on hand at the swimming sessions, to support participants and help them to gradually build up their strength and skills in a safe and controlled environment. Belong’s home care service, Belong At Home, recently rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, has also provided some one-to-one support to enable customers to attend.
The sponsored swim was organised by Belong Crewe staff members including Jessica Butler and Zoe Robson, who have recently been nominated for an Active Cheshire ‘Pass on Your Passion Award,’ to celebrate Cheshire and Warrington’s unsung heroines who inspire and support others to get active.
Over £1,200 has so far been raised by the sponsored swim and people can still donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jessica-butler4