A Plea From One Of Our Members – Lucy Chard-Maple. 

Please Read and Donate If a You Can Lucy Chard-Maple – 50 mile swim for Stroke Association

In April last year (2016) I lost my grandma Joan after she suffered from 3 strokes in the course of a month. When the first stroke hit she was left with no use of her left arm and leg and struggled to speak and eat. However, she began to recover just after a week, and was determined to get her life back. We were all given hope that she would get back to how she was before. But just a few days after her 93rd birthday, after she had managed to start swallowing on her own and talking with ease, they suspected she had another 2 strokes during the night. My grandma was left nearly completely paralyzed and had no way of communicating with any of us. The doctors decided it was best to stop her medication and accept that there was nothing that could be done. After every visit we would say our goodbyes, just to go back and do it again the next day, and next, until finally she passed away.

There are over 1.2 Million stroke survivors in the UK, my Grandma wasn’t one of them, but I want to help prevent families from going through what my family and my Gran had to. With your help, strokes can be prevented and when they do occur, we can increase the chances of them making a recovery. A stroke occurs every 3 and a half minutes, and one in every 2 seconds worldwide. It kills twice as many women as breast cancer and more men than testicular and prostate cancer do combined in a year. I want to help this be recognized and get the Stroke Association UK the support it rightly deserves.

Starting on the 7th of August I will be swimming 50 miles through the course of 3 weeks to raise money for the stroke association. It would mean the world to me and my family for any kind of support, if that would be sharing my Just Giving page on Facebook or simply donating. Ways to donate are by either giving ……………………………………. your wished amount and filling in the sponsorship form, or by visiting Just Giving and searching “Lucy Chard-Maple”. Thank you.

Volunteers needed for epic swim event

100’s of people are taking to the river Dart and swimming 10k in September.
We need volunteers to help support these people.
Do you know of anyone who is free on September 9th or 10th and wants to help?
Volunteer roles would range from handing out jelly babies on a pontoon to swimmers, to helping them remove their timing chips when they come out of the water or handing out a much needed hot chocolate at the finish line.
We have people swimming and raising money for our wonderful charity, please let me know if you would like to be part of our awesome team.
The event will start at Totnes and finishes on the village green in Dittisham.
If you are interested or want to know more please email colette@levelwater.org
Level Water teaches disabled children to swim with free one-to-one lessons. Each child is taught until they can join group swimming lessons and continue swimming forever, without the charity’s support.

Colette McCarthy
Project Coordinator

Level Water: getting disabled kids swimming
Registered Charity Number 1151510

The Girls’ U16 Inter Regional Championships


Congratulations to the Exeter quartet of Ellie Harris, Lillymay Girvin, Maddie Crowe and Milly Raymond for contributing to the South Wests win at this weekends Inter Regional championships at Liverpool. Ireland and the South West won all their matches before meeting each other in the last game. It was a tense finale which the successful South West team won 4-3.