MORPETH Swimming Club started its fund-raising ‘Swim to London’ on Saturday with a six-hour stint at the Riverside Leisure Centre.
The swim was launched by Jessica Thielmann, Phoebe Lenderyou and Eleni Papadopoulos, GB swimmers, who each swam 100m before being joined in the water by swimmers from the club.
The three ladies, together with Olympic breaststroke medallist Nick Gillingham, then remained to chat to club members and sign autographs.
Eleni had carried the Olympic Torch in Newcastle the previous day and she brought it with her so that many swimmers were able to have photos taken with the GB swimmers and holding the Torch.
With more miles being swum in training sessions this week, the club has less than 100 to go before it completes the equivalent distance from Morpeth to the Olympic Park.
Sponsorship money is being collected and will help fund the club’s nine Young Games Makers, who start their volunteering at the Olympics in just over a month’s time.
Club Chairman Lynda Garland said: “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support shown for the Young Games Makers, both by club members and supporters and by the residents of Morpeth who have donated money at two supermarket bag packs and at the street collection which was organised by the Morpeth Lions during the Olympic Torch Relay through Morpeth.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has contributed to the fund, as well as the Lions, Morpeth Inner Wheel, Morpeth Rotary Club and Morpeth Soroptimists – all of who helped with the street collection (which raised £323.90), and the Riverside Leisure Centre for donating the pool time for the launch of the Swim to London.”