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Making a splash to raise money for charity

One of our patients has set herself a swimming challenge to raise money for us in memory of a family member who used our services.

Ingrid Foster, 49, from Newcastle, is treated for lymphoedema at the Hospice and wants to give something back for the care she receives and the treatment her uncle was given when he was cared on our Inpatient Unit.

Ingrid said: “I want to raise money for St Oswald’s to say thank you not only for the first class service I get as a lymphoedema patient, but also the care my uncle Les received.

“My uncle used St Oswald’s Adult Inpatient Service and couldn’t speak highly enough of the Hospice, it was like checking in to a hotel and he described it as a ‘home from home’. By taking part in the swim I feel like I’m giving something back for his care.

“I’ve also experienced the Hospice services personally, as I was diagnosed with lymphoedema three years ago and have been attending their Lymphoedema Service ever since. Every time I come to the Hospice the staff and volunteers are so friendly.

“I’m setting myself the challenge to swim 4,000 lengths, nearly 40 miles, from September until New Year’s Eve. I have lymphoedema in my stomach, legs and feet so exercising can be difficult but I’m determined to get my fitness back. Before I was diagnosed with lymphoedema I used to go to Aqua Fit classes and I’d really like to get fit enough to go back, which is another personal goal.

“I’m really excited to be able to give something back – the staff at St Oswald’s have been amazing to me and my family.”

Ingrid has until New Year’s Eve 2016 to complete her challenge. If you would like to donate to her cause, or follow her progress, visit her Just Giving page: