PCP team conquer peaks for ‘Dive In’ hydrotherapy pool campaign

From Left, Leon McAndrew, Sharon Darter, Laura Cruddace, Emma Dickinson and Donna Kelly

A TEAM of dedicated workers braved the rain by climbing three peaks to fund a vital hydrotherapy pool.

Staff from the Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) in Newton Aycliffe and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust climbed Yorkshire’s three peaks to fundraise for the PCP’s hydrotherapy pool campaign ‘Dive In’.

When Donna Kelly, senior wellbeing practitioner at the PCP, shared the idea with her colleagues, earlier this year, none of them could predict the weather, however the team pulled together and completed the walk in under 12 hours, despite the downpour.

The team has raised £496.57 so far which will go towards the £410,000 target.

Ms Kelly said: “This challenge was a lot harder than we all thought but we prepared well and were really excited.

“We worked as a team and supported each other so much by making each other laugh even when we were struggling for breath – It was a massive accomplishment for all of us.”

The centre needs to raise to raise the funds to redevelop their 20-year-old hydrotherapy pool.

The pool offers the chance for people to improve their physical fitness, make social connections, relax and relieve discomfort.

PCP chief executive, Carol Gaskarth, said: “We are thrilled that the team completed this challenge on behalf of the ‘Dive In’ campaign.

“It has been amazing to see how our staff have come together to raise awareness and fundraise on behalf of PCP.

“Our hydrotherapy pool is now 20-years-old and requires a complete refurbishment. As a well-used resource our hydrotherapy pool sees thousands of users every year and supports, independence, rehabilitation, health and wellbeing for people in the community.”

If you would like make a donation to support PCP’s ‘Dive in’ campaign visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/PCPDiveIn