Swim tribute to respite house

Adam Culley is preparing to tackle the Rottnest Swim to raise money for |Vincent House.
Adam Culley is preparing to tackle the Rottnest Swim to raise money for |Vincent House.

Swim tribute to respite house

Inspired by the help given to his father-in-law Peter, Mr Culley is swimming the 19.7km solo race to raise money for Vincent House, which helps people with dementia or age-related illnesses.

Mr Culley’s father-in-law suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and spends several days a week in Vincent House, which is part of Southern Cross Care.

‘They’re a caring bunch of people,’ Mr Culley said. ‘They do a great job, but they struggle for funding.’

Mr Culley said he trained every day with coach Shelly Taylor-Smith, a former world record-breaking long-distance swimming champion.

He is a member of the Swanbourne Surf Life Saving Club and a volunteer rescue swimmer with the Westpac rescue helicopters.

‘You never know the conditions out there,’ Mr Culley said.

After completing the 10km qualifying swim on January 25 in about three hours, Mr Culley is confident but aware of the challenge ahead.

‘I’ll be conquering a distance I haven’t swum before,’ he said.

To donate, visit www.justgiving. com/Adam-Culley.