Angela, second left, hands her cheques to urgent care matron Liz Owen, third left, and A&E senior sister Fiona Owen. Looking on is A&E consultant Matt Heywood.
Angela, second left, hands her cheques to urgent care matron Liz Owen, third left, and A&E senior sister Fiona Owen. Looking on is A&E consultant Matt Heywood.
Angela’s fundraising challenge goes swimmingly
26 June 2019

Macclesfield health worker Angela Thomas made a splash for cash when she swam the English Channel – without leaving her home town.

Fifty-year-old Angela raised more than £1,000 for the A&E department at Macclesfield Hospital by swimming 22 miles at the town’s DW pool in less than 12 weeks.

In the process, she smashed her target of £150 and transformed her hatred of swimming into a passion that she’s now stuck with for life.

An office administrator with Macclesfield-based NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), she decided to raise money for A&E to thank staff for their “outstanding care” of her uncle after he fell last December.

Said Angela: “Quick intubation and diagnosis resulted in my uncle making a full recovery from a subdural haematoma removed at Salford Royal Hospital. The care was amazing, from the ambulance crew, through to the A&E team and the anaesthetists.

“Over at Salford, the critical care team, post-surgery ward and rehabilitation ward were also fantastic. However, I decided to carry out my challenge for A&E at Macclesfield as it’s my local hospital.”

Angela first entered the water on 1 February, stepping out of the pool for the last time on 22 April. She swam at least 44 lengths – or half a mile – per session but often managed anything up to 70 lengths.

She swam more than two miles a week and found herself getting fitter as the weeks went by. In the early days, she needed more than half an hour to complete 44 lengths but had cut her time to just 20 minutes by the end. 

Now, she’s been so bitten by the bug that she’s started a virtual return swim from France for her own pleasure.

Angela has worked for the NHS for nearly five years, initially in A&E but with the CCG for the last three years. Her role is to support the quality and safeguarding team in ensuring that patients receive excellent care. 

She has a daughter, Sarah, who is away at university but has supported mum throughout her swimathon. Apart from swimming, Angela loves baking, reading and looking after her pet cat, Oliver.