Different strokes for swim team help children’s Appeal into the fast lane!

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Sarah, Lucy and Greg

A quartet of outdoor swimmers raised £4,280 for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity’s Children’s Appeal by pulling off a master stroke after a charity swim event they were signed up to was cancelled last minute. 

High winds forced the abandonment of last month’s Great North Swim on Lake Windermere on the day appeal patron Barry Leahey MBE, appeal fundraiser Lucy Clark and supporters Sarah Knowles and Gregoire Saul were entered into the mile event. 

They found out just hours before their swim time but so as not to jeopardise pledged donations, they instead headed to Wigan’s Three Sisters Recreation Area where Barry swam one and half miles and the others swam two.

Fundraising manager Roya Armstrong said: “Instead of feeling defeated, they rearranged to do their swimming challenge elsewhere and swam even further. It was a brilliant effort and we’re very grateful for the funds they raised.” 

The swimmers’ places will now be rolled over to next year’s Great North Swim. Anyone interested in taking one should call Lucy on 01772 528500. All swimmers will receive a Great North Swim t-shirt and medal at the end of their swim.

Through its Children’s Appeal, the hospital charity team is working on raising £1 million for a shopping list of items to improve patient and family experience across children’s services at the Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, Leyland’s Broadoaks Child Development Centre, where it is has plans to build a new outdoor play park assessment area, and other centres.