Great North Swim for CRCB

Four brave friends of CRCB swam 1 mile across Lake Windermere 

On Saturday 9th June, a minibus full of supporters accompanied four swimmers to take part in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere in aid of CRCB.

Our receptionist Heather Cooper, service user and volunteer Ali Verney, workshop leader and volunteer Jenny Wyn Roberts and volunteer Ali Roberts had trained locally before heading up to the Lake District, but nothing could prepare them for the challenge that awaited them.

It was a sunny, summery day, which lifted everyone's spirits and made most on board the minibus excited for walks in the countryside... and lunch al fresco!

Supporters outside the minibus

When they reached Lake Windermere, they were amazed to see such a huge amount of people at the Great North Swim - 10, 000 swimmers took part!

Swimmers ready to swim in Lake Windermere

Heather Cooper was guided by Ali Roberts and Ali Verney was guided by Jenny Wyn Roberts. We are delighted to announce that both pairs completed the 1 mile swim in just over an hour. This was a huge achievement, given that it was the first time both pairs had swum a whole mile in a lake. 

All swimmers were on a high, celebrating their post-swim victory:

Heather, Ali and Ali post-swim

Heather, Ali Roberts and Jenny post swim

The minibus full of supporters did a fantastic job of cheering them on. Everybody had a brilliant few days in the lakes, fundraising for CRCB and having a well-deserved break with friends from a range of our groups.

On return to the Resource Centre, Heather kindly agreed to a celebratory photo shoot:

Heather with medal and Great North Swim t-shirt

All members of staff at CRCB are extremely proud of our swimmers. As we all know, it is very difficult to undertake these challenges when you have a visual impairment, however our service users and volunteers really have gone from strength to strength and have shown us exactly how much they can achieve. This would not be possible without the fantastic support from staff, volunteers, service users and friends of CRCB.


There is still time to donate - the fundraising page is open until 10th July!

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