Warrington Disability Partnership looks to make a splash with swimathon


Written By: Adam Everett  15/2/16

Warrington Disability Partnership hopes to make a splash by raising thousands of pounds with a swimathon.

The charity is looking for fundraiser to swim a collective 25 miles and raise £2,500 as they celebrate their 25th birthday.

Last year’s WDP swim saw £2,000 raised and 22 miles swam, with nine-year-old Josh Morris, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, completing 22 laps for Warrington Disability Partnership.

This time around Dave Thompson MBE DL, co-founder and chief executive, and disability information officer Tom Coleridge are looking to clock up 64 lengths between them.

Residents are encouraged to just swim a few length or take on the one-mile Going the Extra Mile Challenge.

Dave said: “It was a huge personal achievement for Josh last year.

“Tom and I will be working together to clock up 64 lengths.

“That’s the beauty of the Going the Extra Mile Challenge – it is an opportunity to set a health and wellbeing goal for yourself or as part of a team.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if in our 25th anniversary year we could raise £2,500 and collectively swim 25 miles or more?

“Every length swam on the day makes a difference, whether it’s one or 64.

“This is a truly inclusive event for people of all ages and abilities – join team WDP in the pool for the swim, volunteer to count laps or sponsor us.

“There’s so many ways you can make a meaningful and hugely appreciated contribution.”
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To register go to, call 240 064 or email

The swim starts in the pool at 4pm on Saturday March 12 at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub with registrations on the day from 3.30pm – to donate go to

Source: Warrington Guardian



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