Making charity waves

(Photographs: The Schweppes Abbey Well 'Olympians' with LionSwim organiser Lion Les Brindley.
(Photographs: The Schweppes Abbey Well 'Olympians' with LionSwim organiser Lion Les Brindley.

A RANGE of Morpeth organisations and businesses made a fund-raising splash at an annual event.

A total of 23 teams participated in LionSwim 2011 to support the work and projects of Morpeth Lions Club.

They swam more than 60km at Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre, which is the equivalent of swimming the English Channel almost three times.

Half of the money they bring in goes to the Lions and half to their organisation. Businesses taking part donate their half to a charity.

Among the 122 swimmers aged from seven to 79 taking part were two teams of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) ‘Olympians’.

Morpeth-based Schweppes Abbey Well has chosen Warehouse Team Leader Dave Hunt to be its Olympic Ambassador. This ties in with CCE being major sponsors of the 2012 London Olympics and Abbey Well is the official water supplier for the event.

In his role as Ambassador, Mr Hunt goes to meetings across the country and will be involved in local visits to promote the Games.

While one of his teams – Abbey Well Water Babies – comprised of local company employees, such are his powers of persuasion that colleagues from Hull, Wakefield and Warrington travelled to Morpeth to make up a team of ‘Coke Crawlers’.

They chose Macmillan Cancer Support as the charity to receive their half of the fund-raising.

Mr Hunt said: “We all thoroughly enjoyed this event and thank Morpeth Lions for their continuing efforts to make this a fun day.

“Our ‘away’ team is already looking forward to next year’s LionSwim.”

This year’s event was again organised by Lion Les Brindley.

He said: “I wish to thank and congratulate all the swimmers for their efforts.

“This is a very happy event and will hopefully lead to valuable funds being raised by the organisations involved.

“My thanks also to Morpeth Riverside Leisure Centre for its invaluable assistance, to local businesses who so kindly sponsor the event programme and to my fellow Lions for ensuring the event runs smoothly.”