The second recipient of the takegoodcare Unsung Hero Award is sea swimmer and all-round community star Ruth Rose.
Ruth has worked for countless charities and good causes over the years, and is the inspiration behind Seaford Mermaids. The group is almost 400 strong and provides a community for Seaford and Newhaven sea swimmers to safely take a dip in the waves all year round, no matter the weather.
“Eventually people would see a crowd of us in the early mornings, and they would ask to join!” said Ruth. “So we just grew and grew, so much so that it was time to keep track of everyone. I set up a WhatsApp group in order to help spread the knowledge of where we were swimming, and how to swim in these conditions. Because you can’t just wander out into the sea when it’s cold or stormy.”
Ruth has also helped set up groups to work with NHS England on what the future holds for the next decade, works as a researcher for Kings College Hospital, is a voice for LGBT+ issues regarding end-of-life care, is a member of South East England Forum on Ageing (SEEFA), and sits on the Age UK policy committee.