Jo Johnson from Ormesby really did have a” Stroke of Genius” when she came up with a fundraising idea in support of the East Coast Hospice appeal.
After sadly losing one of her own family members, Jo and her family were really touched by the care and support that the hospice in Sussex provided to them all.
Jo said,” Three years ago my Gran passed away to cancer .I will always remember care and dignity she received at the hospice in her last days and the support we, as a family were shown at such a difficult and emotional time. The staff there were amazing and were always at hand to help and advise us at any time.”
“Here on the East Coast, there is no hospice facility currently available to support individuals and their families in the choice of end of life care. This is something that became very apparent, when in June this year I became accounts manager for the charity and I was shocked to find that this fact was true”.
“The team at East Coast Hospice are great and so committed and determined in their focus to deliver as soon as possible “Margaret Chadd House” for those in the Gt Yarmouth and Waveney area”.
Jo, a former swimming coach for the Gt Yarmouth Swimming Club, decided to take the plunge, along with her love of swimming to raise funds for the hospice appeal by swimming the equivalent distance from the sea side towns of Cromer to Southwold, 55 miles, 88514 Metres, 3541 Lengths of a 25 m pool. Jo has given herself the challenge of completing the distance in just two months, Not in the chilly North sea but in the comfort and the warm waters of the Marina Centre pool, Gt Yarmouth.
Three out of every seven week day mornings since the 3rd October Jo has been committed to the cause, arriving at the pool at 7am. She started out by swimming 120 lengths of the pool in the hour before work and now with only two weeks to go Jo is now on the final push of her self-prescribed challenge. Six weeks in and Jo has swam an incredible 40 miles, and is now covering 160 lengths in just 60 minutes and is well on schedule to complete the remaining 15 miles by Friday 25th November.
Jo is receiving great support from all her friends and family and is hoping to raise as much as she can for the East Coast Hospice Appeal. The team at ECH are so proud of Jo and in awe of her energy and enthusiasm towards her fundraising goal .