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The therapists just keep swimming for the RUH

Therapies Department at the RUH – Physiotherapists, Hydrotherapists, Occupational Therapists and many more, are teaming together to raise funds for the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Six staff members from the Therapies team including; Physiotherapists, a Hydrotherapist, and Orthopedic Specialists took part in a sponsored swim ‘Swimming the Length of the English Channel’ on Thursday 31st October at the RUH Oasis Pool – a Halloween special!

It is part of the RUH’s integrated plan to replace the current outdated facilities in ‘RUH North’, which means a new Therapies Centre is needed to modernise the excellent service for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks and many other illnesses as well as patients with long term conditions, who will benefit greatly from treatment.

Swimmers started bright an early start at 3.30am at the RUH Oasis outdoor pool. Staff swam in relay to complete their individual distances by the end of the day. At the same time, staff were also continuing their daily activities, running to and from the RUH pool to complete their distances.

RUH Therapies patient Paul Evans was involved in a major cycling accident 4 years ago, which initially led him to be paralyzed from the neck down. He now receives continuous treatment for his spinal cord injury and is utterly grateful for the excellent care he receives from the Therapies Department.

Paul joined the swimming challenge and completed an incredible 80 lengths (1 mile) for the team. This was Paul’s biggest achievement in swimming since his accident. His previous record was 25 lengths and so he was over the moon to break such an amazing, personal record.

Paul comments: “I kept saying to myself – just keep swimming and it worked! I am very pleased to be helping to raise awareness of this important Campaign. This has not only been a great day doing something positive for our hospital, it has also been a huge personal achievement for me. I am grateful for the Hydrotherapy and pool facilities here and I am very happy that a new Therapies Centre will be coming to the RUH. For people like me, we use the RUH most days and so it is a huge part of our lives.”

Gina, Head of Therapies stated; “This will be first of many challenges that the team want to undertake, and the swim has been fantastic in launching our fundraising efforts, the funds for the new Therapies Centre will focus on ensuring we can offer new innovative treatments, equipment and patient focused services. We are asking patients to be involved both in the challenges and assisting us in designing and delivering the new centre  and I think it’s fair to say Paul has become our Pool Patient Expert in that group. Watching him push himself today to achieve his mile was fantastic – he deserves a big thank you and congratulations from us all!”

The Therapies team are continuing to raise funds throughout the life of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign. Their next fundraiser is ‘The Cat, The Fox & The Crow’ concert at the Chapels Arts Centre, Bath on Friday 15th November at 7.30pm. Tickets only £5 available at www.chapelarts.org and Bath Box Office 01225 463362.

Therapists are also signing up for the Bath Half Marathon 2014. The Forever Friends Appeal silver bond places are now available, to sign up and join Ted’s Team today please visit: www.foreverfriendsappeal.co.uk/events/