Swimmers make a splash for children’s charity

Dorinda Chambers has orgnised a sponsor swim to raise money for Acorn House at Addenbrookes Hopsital

Dorinda Chambers has orgnised a sponsor swim to raise money for Acorn House at Addenbrookes Hopsital. Left: Dorinda Chambers, Jonny Chambers and Hannah Edison with Daughter Amelia Chambers. - Credit: Archant

AMELIA Chambers is a picture of health as she giggles with her family having made a full recovery from a two-week stay in Addenbrooke’s Hospital where she was treated for meningitis and septicemia.

The one-year-old was rushed to hospital when she fell seriously ill with a high temperature and frightening symptoms of sickness, diarrhoea, grey lips and a black fingertip.

Now, her family want to say thankyou for the support they received from the Sick Children’s Trust, a charity that runs Acorn House at Addenbrooke’s, where parents can stay while their child is treated.

The home sits close to the children’s wards and allows parents to stay for free in a home environment.

The Chambers family were so impressed they have decided to raise money for the charity by organising an all-night sponsored swim.


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Grandmother Dorinda Chambers, who helps run the Kingfisher swimming club at Chatteris, said: “The support the Acorn House staff gave was wonderful and it is all run on donations so always needs help.”

The house is a home from home and meant Amelia’s parents Jonathan and Hannah were able to stay for the two weeks that Amelia was in hospital.

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“Without it they would have had to travel in every day which would have been exhausting. It is a fabulous charity,” said Mrs. Chambers.

The sponsored event will see around 35 people aged from eight to 58 taking the plunge at the Empress Pool in Chatteris to swim all night from 10pm on Friday 14 June to Saturday at 6am.

It is hoped the event will raise about £2,000 with half of the funds going to Acorn House, which counts Gary Lineker among its patrons, and the other half going to the Kingfisher Swimming Club.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the swimmers can contact Mrs Chambers on 01354 693883.

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