During the summer, Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club organised a collection for the Back Home Boxes project run by Compassionate Inverclyde.
The idea behind the project is simple – to provide everyday essentials to people who are discharged from hospital and live alone. The boxes enable patients to settle in at home without the pressure of having to get to the shops in the first couple of days.
The decision to support the project was driven by the club’s committee, many of whom work in the NHS and see first-hand the positive impact the project has. All swimmers were invited to donate an item or two from the prescribed list to enable the boxes to be made up.
The response was so amazing that Compassionate Inverclyde needed a van to collect everything that was donated! Compassionate Inverclyde commented, “Thank you to all your hard-working members for the fantastic donation from all of us here at Compassionate Inverclyde. Good luck in your club’s 40th anniversary year and thanks for the very special touch for the cards with your logo to go into the boxes.”
When asked about the club’s decision to get involved, Club President and local NHS pharmacist Jennifer Garrity said, “To succeed in swimming you need a support network of relatives and friends, which our swimmers are lucky enough to have. However, through our day-to-day roles in the NHS, we see so many people who don’t have that. As a club, we try to give back to our local community as much as possible, and Back Home Boxes was the perfect way to do that.
“We thought our appeal might be popular, but we were completely blown away by the generosity of our swimmers and families. It was a special moment to be able to hand over so many donations, knowing they would make life a little bit easier for people who really it. We are incredibly proud of all our young swimmers.”
Following on from this success, another collection is being planned for the Club in the next few weeks. Better get another van booked…!