Lyme Lunge raises £4,500 for children's hospice

A CHILDREN’S hospice is benefiting from the proceeds of the New Year’s Day swim at Lyme Regis.

Rotary present Lunge cheque to hospice

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has donated £4,500 to the Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

The funds were raised when 400 brave swimmers dashed for the sea in Lyme Regis wearing fancy dress on 1 January.

Rotary president John Bartlett said: “All the sponsorship monies have now been collected, and a grant from Rotary District 1200 received, so we are pleased to be able to present this donation to the CHSW.

“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.”

Paul Garrett, of CHSW, who joined the swimmers in taking the plunge, 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 Hardrock Chair helps support children who are not only life limiting but who also have challenging behaviour. Preventing the children from rocking, it keeps them safe and comfortable while feeding, and helps the care team engage them in everyday activities. It has an anti-rocking system and padding to prevent the children from hurting themselves and allows them to join in and be part of the CHSW family at Little Bridge House.

“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.

“Our sincere, heartfelt thanks to Rotary and the community of Lyme Regis for their support and generosity.”