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Breast cancer charity benefits from Byker pool marathon

A group of 25 young people have jumped in the deep end in a bid to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

The grueling 11 hour swimathon was organised as part of the Truth About Youth North East’s project, Goodie in a Hoodie.

The project aims to change people’s perceptions about young people and get them helping out in their community.

The swimming team completed the charitable task at East End Pool in Byker, Newcastle.

Alisha Reid, one of the youngsters taking part, said: “It was really tiring but everyone was so supportive and there was such a good atmosphere.

“We were going round with our collection boxes getting people to give money, just trying to raise as much as possible.”

Alisha was keen to get involved in the Goodie in a Hoodie project tom change stereotypes and perceptions about hoodies.

She continues: “I got involved with Goodie in a Hoodie through the Prince’s Trust as I’m doing a course with them. When I heard about what the project stood for I really wanted to get involved.

“Most people think young people in hoodies are thugs and always want to get in trouble, but events like this are proving young people can help the community.”

The swimmers taking part in the project were aged between 13 and 25 and worked in relay teams to swim lengths from 7am through to 6pm.

23 year old David Douglass, of Howdon, North Tyneside, swam from 7am until 9am and said: “Hoodies haven’t got a good reputation, but things like this fundraiser will show that although we are wearing hoodies, we’re doing something good.”

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/breaststroke4breastcancer


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