Support John as he laps the lake at Hengoed Court
A Swansea man is raising money for The Care Workers Charity by making a lap of his care home lake for every UK care home death from Covid-19.
John Simons is 55 and suffering from multiple sclerosis and says he’ll only finish when there are zero deaths from the disease in homes.
His daughter Danielle said: "My Dad is a resident at Hengoed Court in Winch Wen and was frustrated by the way care homes have been supported during the Coronavirus pandemic.
"He decided to complete a lap of the care home lake for every care home-related COVID death. He is only 55 years old and was diagnosed with Progressive MS in 2019 and has been living at the care home for about 9 months.
"Despite the pain and mobility issues his condition causes, he has completed more than 800 laps and raised almost £800. For him, it's not about recognition but highlighting the care that our care homes and care workers need."
John will be completing the laps in his electric wheelchair and will be completing as many as he is physically able to in a day.
John has vowed that he will continue to complete daily laps of the lake until there are zero daily deaths reported. He wants to show his gratitude, respect and admiration for those caring for him, for his neighbouring residents and for all of the vulnerable people across the UK.
The Care Workers Charity supports the basic welfare of current and former retired care workers by providing financial support and guidance to overcome inevitable challenges.
Care Workers are at the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, caring for society's most vulnerable and most susceptible to the disease. If a care worker needs to self-isolate, they will fall into desperate need. Any help will go a long way.
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