Lake Windermere

Lake Windermere

Saturday, 2 March 2013


I am delighted to announce that St Andrew's Healthcare will be supporting me on my 2013 swims around Jersey and across the Channel.

St Andrew’s Healthcare is a unique national charity delivering better care, better outcomes and better lives for people with mental ill-health, developmental disability or brain injury. As part of their 175th anniversary celebration and to mark their success, St Andrew’s wants to give something back to other charities. So during 2013, St Andrew’s will be helping its staff and patients at their Northampton site to raise money for the British Red Cross: Northamptonshire President’s Appeal. As part of this wider campaign, they have also agreed to sponsor me in my training and swimming throughout this year.

St Andrew’s Healthcare is the UK’s largest mental healthcare charity, the UK’s only charitable teaching hospital and the country’s largest charitable provider of services to the NHS.  This year, St Andrew’s will be marking its 175th anniversary as pioneers and leaders of an established and experienced not for profit provider.  As part of this celebration and the desire to support other charities helping vulnerable people, staff and patients at St Andrew’s Northampton will be supporting the British Red Cross: Northamptonshire President’s Appeal.  The appeal will help to purchase a specially adapted vehicle costing around £34,000, and will provide emotional and practical support to people in Northamptonshire who suffer damage to their homes following a fire, flood or a similar incident.

Throughout the course of the year, St Andrew’s Northampton staff and patients will undertake a range of fundraising activities, starting with the charity’s directors and staff undertaking a 418 ft Ultimate Abseil on 27 April.  In addition, there will be sporting challenges, bake sales and various other activities that staff and patients want to do to support this worthy cause.

It’s great for me to have the opportunity to come into contact with patients and staff at St Andrew’s Northampton, and have a sponsor who knows the value of being a charity too.

Did you know?
St Andrew’s and the Red Cross have a common aim to support vulnerable people, but another strong connection is Northamptonshire.  St Andrew’s Healthcare was founded in Northampton in 1838, whilst the founder of the British Red Cross Society, Robert James Loyd-Lindsay, had strong links with the county as he married the daughter of Lord Overstone, a former Baron of Northamptonshire.

I have had another good training week. This month I will be focusing on a lot of speed work in the pool before venturing back out into the cold.

Rock on!

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