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Carver Staff Swim for a Great Cause

As most of you know, here at Carver Residential we are always keen to support charities and have recently raised money for great causes including Herriot Hospice, TFM's Cash For Kids, MacMillan Cancer Research to name a few.


Following an article in The Northern Echo in January about Darlington man Ken Longstaff who was struck down with a rare neurological condition more than two years ago, leaving him 'locked in', we wanted to put our efforts into helping raise money to further his recovery.

Ken's wife Beverley is raising awareness of his condition after he was discharged from hospital without the physiotherapy she believes is vital to his recovery. The condition, the rarest form of Guillain Barre Syndrome leaves him 'locked in' , wheelchair bound and with limited limb function.

His family are hoping to raise &4,880 needed to buy a specialist bike that will allow Ken to pedal from his wheelchair and exercise his arm muscles, in the hope that it will stave off muscle wastage that could make further recovery difficult.

One of the fundraising events being organised is a swimming gala on 25th January. Carver Residential took part and had a team of staff competing in a 50 minute relay. They managed to swim a total of 104 lengths and came second in their relay. They each raised money to do this and the funds raised will go towards the money needed to purchase the bike.  

The Carver Team managed to raise over &500 for this wonderful cause. If you would like to help, please contact or to donate please click here.