Blandford swimmers to take the plunge for charity
JOHN McGuinness and his two sisters Katie and Rosie are organising a 12-hour swim at Blandford on Sunday 8th September to raise money for charity.
In February the siblings’ father died after a long battle with a rare degenerative brain disease called CADASIL, which was hugely traumatic for all family.
To raise awareness and funds for research into neurological conditions, John has arranged the charity swim at the Blandford Leisure centre in aid of the Brain Research Trust.
Six competitors – Katie, a physiotherapist in London, and Olly Dyke, Hannah Neish, V-Jaye Burchell, Stephen Pike, and John, who are all lifeguards at the pool, will be participating in the swim relay which will begin at 5am and finish at 5pm.
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Each of the team will swim a ten minute stint of front crawl before tagging the next swimmer who will then swim their ten minutes.
“This will continue for 12 hours with an aim to cover 22 miles! Not far short of the London marathon,” said John.
“As you can imagine this is taking a lot of training and all of us are dedicated to a lot of hours’ preparation in the pool.
“The Blandford Leisure Centre has kindly given us the use of a lane throughout our event. As well as our 12 hour swim there will also be a raffle too, with the top prize of a year’s membership to any Dorset Everyone Active Leisure centre.
“We’ve had a brilliant response for our raffle collection so far from local Blandford businesses, notably Offcamber and Kutting edge hairdressers.
“We have a target of £1,000 to raise and have already reached £555 of this."
Their web page for donations is www.Justgiving.com/John-McGuinness2.