Major General Julian Free presented a cheque for £3,500 to Sarah Magill and her son Zac from CALM (Cancer And Leukaemia Movement), Swindon’s local children’s cancer charity.
The money was raised at a Sponsored Swim and fund-raising event held at the Defence Academy swimming pool on Friday 26 August 2016 in memory of Alexandra Lacey, who at the age of 15, was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins lymphoma and sadly lost her battle in July 2015 at the age of 18.
Over 20 swimmers took part in the Sponsored Swim and they all completed at least 64 lengths of the pool (which equates to a distance of one mile). Many swam on for much further to raise incredible amounts of money.
To support the fund-raising during the day, various stalls were set up alongside the swimming pool including a raffle, tombola, name the bear, cake stall, soft drinks stall, pick-a-lolly and pony rides. At lunchtime, ESS kindly set up a barbeque and donated the takings to the charity.
Many thanks to all the swimmers including: Major General Julian Free, Babs Free, Wg Cdr Phil Arnold, Syam Pun, Bal Shahi, Linda Jeffreys, Becky Edwards, Linzi Singleton-Myall, Ken Scott, Robin Jennings, Lucy Jones, Pete Freeman, Andy Johnson, Jane Alexander, Bradley Kewell, Joe Sievewright, Lou Lewis-Saunders and a special mention to Bal Shahi (Main Gate MGS) who swam the longest distance of an incredible 6.6 miles!
The weather was wonderful and a good time was had by all. Thank you to all those who participated in the swim, donated cakes, prizes, time and/or money and all who attended the event. Special thanks to Linda Jeffreys (Main Gate MGS) for all her hard work in organising the event.
CALM is a Swindon-based charity which supports children, who are diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia, and their families.