The daughter-in-law and granddaughter of Banbury hero George Parish are preparing to brace the cold waters of Weymouth Harbour on Christmas Day to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.
Maria Parish and her daughter Rosie will join others on the day and swim 249 feet along a stretch of the harbour to support Mr Parish who has the condition.
Mrs Parish, who works for Barclays, added that her employer will match any funds raised on their Just Giving page.
She said: “We went away for Christmas and love it down in Weymouth so lots of us are going down. We could do it for any charity so decided to choose this one. We will be going down on Christmas Eve and doing it in the morning.”
Mr Parish is now being cared for in a home in Oxford but before he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he is fondly remembered for his tireless work to help save Banbury’s Horton General Hospital.
He was also a previous town mayor and did an incredible amount of work with different groups and charities.
His daughter Marie added that the support her family has received from the Alzheimer’s Society made them decide to raise money for them ahead of their swim.
She said: “It was before my dad went into the home they offered support by email and phoned my and my brother.
“They were there for any concerns and pointed us in the right direction with different bits of advice.”
The pair had hoped to raise £150 but have so far surpassed their target on their Just Giving page to £650.
To make a donation visit their donation page here or text CCCS65 to 70070 along with the amount you would like to donate.