Olivia Endellion Mowl

Trainee News Reporter

Trainee News Reporter for The Reading Chronicle, covering stories across Reading.

Trainee News Reporter for The Reading Chronicle, covering stories across Reading.

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Families take on Open Water Swim Challenge to raise funds for Thames Hospice

More than 150 aquatic enthusiasts took the plunge last Sunday (9 June 2024) for the charity’s second Open Water Swim Challenge to raise vital funds for the Hospice. The event offered a range of distances for all abilities from 500m to 10K, and the choice to swim individually or as part of a relay team. The day was a huge success with swimmers braving cooler than normal temperatures for June of 16 degrees in Bray Lake and cheered on by many enthusiastic spectators. Jess Seymour who swam in memory of her husband says, “My husband Matt passed away here at the Hospice last August and I have done a lot this year to raise money and awareness of the amazing work they do. Today, I swam 500m and have raised £400 and next year I will be back to challenge myself to swim the 1k distance.” Nikki Pickford who swam in memory of family member Francesca Nardini adds, “Francesca spent her last few days at Thames Hospice in March and I know she would find it really funny I have been in the lake! It’s a place that is very dear to me and my family and I want to do as much as I can to raise money and awareness because it’s such an incredible place.” After gliding to the finish line, swimmers collected their reward and a well-deserved hot drink from the charity’s Café by the Lake. To date, the Open Water Swim event has raised £44,000 for Thames Hospice which could help fund a nurse for a year. Thames Hospice’s Events Fundraiser Emma Andrews says, “The swimmers were absolutely amazing, not to mention all the spectators cheering from the lakeside! Everyone’s energy, enthusiasm, and incredible spirit made our event into an unforgettable day! Everyone made waves and showed what it means to be part of an amazing community. “It was very moving to hear all the stories about why swimmers and supporters chose to swim and fundraise for Thames Hospice.” A massive thank you to all staff, volunteers and suppliers who ensured this event ran safely and smoothly. A special mention to Bray Lake Watersports who helped deliver a brilliant and safe event on the day, the Shanly Foundation for their sponsorship, and Love Branding for our beautiful drawstring bags. Take a look at our highlights video from this year’s Open Water Swim Challenge at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIr8Jel1pYY For further information, please contact: Stephanie Peters, Head of Marketing and Communications, by emailing s.peters@thameshospice.org.uk or by calling 01753 848966. Notes to editors About Thames Hospice Proudly serving the community of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire since 1987, we provide complex, specialist palliative and end-of-life care for people with a life-limiting condition, aged 16 years and over, as well as vital support for their families. We employ more than 330 dedicated and highly experienced staff who, with the support of over 940 volunteers, provided outstanding care to 2,938 people last year. Treating everyone with kindness, compassion and respect, we provide a safe and caring environment for those facing a life-limiting diagnosis. We are committed to delivering care that is agile and responsive so that we give patients and their loved ones choices about the care they receive, providing the best clinical and therapeutic support in their homes and at the Hospice. Alongside our Inpatient and Hospice at Home Services, our patients and their families can access a range of supportive outpatient activities and wellbeing therapies within our Paul Bevan Wellbeing Centre, including counselling and bereavement support, complementary therapies, physiotherapy and lymphoedema services. Our services are free of charge to all those in our community who need access to our vital services, but this is only made possible through the charitable support and generosity of the community we serve. We receive a 33% financial contribution towards our operating costs funded by NHS England and other statutory bodies, and we need to raise £34,000 each day to fund our services and support all those who need our care

Resident hits out over INVISIBLE £100K tax-payer's anti-social behaviour scheme

A resident has hit out at a popular shopping complex after claims that a new role to prevent crime, and one that was heavily paid for with tax-payer cash, is not being utilised.  Recently it was announced that over one hundred thousand pounds was to be invested in stationing ambassadors to prevent bicycles and illegal E-scooters causing havoc in the town centre.  Bracknell Forest Council previously said a group of ‘town centre ambassadors’ are now on hand around the shopping centre and high street as part of a partnership between the council, The Lexicon and contractor NSL.

Public ANGUISH after XL Bully called 'Honey' found dead mutilated and dumped

We wanted to come on here to share some really sad news. A dog was found deceased on Saturday, local to us on the A322 towards Bracknell. Not only was the dog dead, she was mutilated, unrecognisable and many drivers would have thought it was a deer. The images are extremely distressing to share but what we do know now is this dog was registered as a female XL bully so we can only imagine why she ended up this way. We can all speculate but given the current situation with XL’s, no doubt she was bred from and surplus to requirements and dumped. We pray she didn’t suffer in her final moments but no doubt those final hours of her life or even minutes, she would have been terrified