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High hopes for charity swim

Organisers of a charity swimming gala are planning to double the success of last year’s event.

HAFAD (Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability) is hoping swimmers will cover more than 50 miles between them in the charity’s second Swimathon.

It also hopes the sponsored event will raise more than £12,000 for the charity when it takes place on May 20 at Fulham Pools.

Organiser James Coke said: “Last year’s swim was great and we are keen to replicate its success. We have managed to recruit more swimmers this year who are as keen as mustard to pound those lengths and raise some cash.

“Disability is not something you can just push under the carpet and hope it will go away. We’ve helped people for over 30 years in the borough and events of this nature raise awareness, help support services and give vital self esteem to participants, particular those with disabilities.”

The event was held for the first time last year, when 29 swimmers covered 27 miles and raised over £6,000.

Many of the swimmers were young HAFAD members. James added: “The fact they were raising money learning new skills and taking control, is rewarding for them and positive for society in general.”

The Swimathon is being sponsored by local estate agent, Aspire. Tom Ward, director of Aspire, said: “It is great to be involved with such a local grass roots charity who help so many people in this community.

“There are a few of our chaps diving in for HAFAD and hopefully they will raise a lot of money, for a worthy cause.”


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