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Solo Swimmarathon 2020

In light of the social restrictions, the official Swimmarathon has been postponed to another month. However, as me and my boys arrived for the swimming session about 5.30pm on Friday 20th we were told by the receptionist that the Government had just announced leisure centres would close after tonight. Earlier that day I had received an inspiring card from Gill, Vanessa and Gee thanking me for doing the fundraiser and wishing me luck, the total raised to date was £236.25 so I decided this was my chance to swim the 5k.


So I set out on the 200 lengths of the 25 meter pool myself, the first 50 were straightforward I checked the timing on the new clock approx. 6pm which was about right my new goggles leaked a bit but were quickly adjusted. Swapped goggles at length 98 set off again and felt better. The first hundred done in good time about 6.20pm which was a big hurdle but the same again to do. I felt physically able to swim to the distance and kept thinking of Chris and all the lovely days out and fun filled evenings we’d spent together and the card containing sponsorship details which spurred me on. Even so each subsequent 10 lengths seem to take an age and I was conscious of the next pool users due in at 7pm. Another 50 done just after 6.40pm.

The next 10 were the hardest, I kept looking at the clock to see if I’d make it, I had wanted to do the swim in 1hr and 20 mins which is close to my best ever time; that would be 10 lengths every 4 minutes. On the last 10 a swimming club member came to join me to help with the last stretch but I didn’t realise what he was doing so I moved away, I could have done with the help but managed to get the swim finished at about 7.03pm.

Overall, I’m very glad to have finished the swim especially given the restrictions. Chris was with me all the way, I’m hopeful the swim gave people something positive to think about during the sadness and I feel I did him proud. I went home to our usual pizzas but bought some extra garlic bread to celebrate with wine of course.

Fundraising Garden Party 2019

Colleagues across NHS PS Teams and Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS FT got together in our Northumberland garden for a WILD Garden Party on 31st August, to kick off and increase awareness of Interstitial Lung Disease, specifically Pulmonary Fibrosis: The WILD Garden Party generated £640 in donations to the Wessex Interstitial Lung Disease Support Group, activities included Mad Hatters Tea Party, Coconut Shy, Hook a Duck, Pin the tail on the white rabbit and Croquet. W.I.L.D.

‘This is amazing! and will enable us to run for a whole year of meetings, supporting 100’s of people, both Carers and patients coming to terms with this devastating disease. ’ Support Chairman, Chris Brown

Southsea Library WILD Fundraiser

The Friends of Southsea Library organise and host several events throughout the year - thus supporting various charities and the local community

On 31st May we had such an event in aid of WILD. Not only was this fruitful - we made over £552, selling cakes, plants and various crafts, but moreover, we raised awareness of the less heard of lung diseases that are relatively unknown.

A very lucrative raffle helped us reach that amazing figure, and comprised of generous donations of money and gifts that we collected at our WILD meetings. Additionally, theatre tickets from the Guildhall and Groundlings Theatres were among the prizes. Our top prize was a photographic session with Victoria Hadden Photography in Winchester - many, many thanks!

A great morning with great results!

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We are always in need of new ideas for talks, demonstrations, fund raising and most importantly people to help organise and plan meetings and make the cakes. Please contact us if you can help!

‘I got involved with WILD after my husband died because I didn’t want anyone else to feel as unsupported as I had been in his last year. I am pleased to say things have improved beyond recognition now. ’ Gill Southwell

'When I was diagnosed with IPF and told it’s, life reducing, and likely 3-5 years, your perspective changes and everyone copes differently. The main feeling is of isolation and no where to go. With the introduction of WILD and the ability to attend with education by experts is invaluable and in the company of similar people eases the sometimes less palatable parts of experiencing ILD.' Chris Brown