Swimmers from the Dementia Jersey SplashChat group have crossed the finish line of their 30km swim.
Each week at the Aquasplash pool, the SplashChat group enjoy a social swimming session, which is jointly run by the Occupational Therapists, the Memory Assessment Service (MAS), Dementia Jersey and the AquaSplash swimming team.
Earlier this year, the SplashChat team who support the swimmers, decided they would add a challenge element to the group’s sessions, setting them a target of 30km, which is approximately the distance from Gorey to Carteret.
Wendy Buckley, Interim CEO Dementia Jersey commented: “We’ve had 14 members and volunteers swimming weekly, ably supported by the Occupational Therapists, who have all enjoyed participating in this unique challenge, which has been great to be part of.
“Swimming can be a great way to keep active and socialise, helping people with dementia live well for longer. Our SplashChat members should feel very proud of taking on this challenge and the fantastic achievement of completing such a distance. We look forward to planning the next one now!”
Steve Dunford, contract Manager of Aquasplash added: “We are delighted to be able to provide this space for the members of Dementia Jersey’s Splash Chat group. Aquasplash is committed to providing access to our swimming pool for everyone, and we were very excited to hear about the group’s challenge.
“We have been watching each week as they get closer and closer to their 30km target and been cheering them on from poolside. The team at Aquasplash would like to congratulate all the Splash Chat swimmers on their efforts so far and wish them well for the final stretch of the challenge.”