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Liz and Helen's big swim

Liz Day and Helen Thurley are making a splash for Cambridgeshire Mencap


Liz and Helen's charity swimLiz Day and Helen Thurley are taking part in the Great East swim where they will be swimming a mile across Alton water reservoir on the 19 June to raise money for Cambridgeshire Mencap – a local learning disability charity.

Liz met Helen last year when Cantellday, the design agency she owns started working with Cambridgeshire Mencap to produce their marketing materials. Liz’s colleague Darren ran the 2010 London Marathon on behalf of the charity so Liz felt it was her turn for a challenge. Helen had already signed up for the (British Gas) Great East swim so she decided to join her.

Liz commented “We both agreed to do the swim on behalf of Cambridgeshire Mencap as it would be another great opportunity to raise money for them. Cambridgeshire Mencap is a great local charity offering help and support to people (and families of people) with learning disabilities.”

Helen Thurley, Fundraising Manager at Cambridgeshire Mencap added “Alton reservoir is a fresh water reservoir so it will be cold and probably a bit scary, but working for the charity I know it’s for such a great cause. All of the community services Cambridgeshire Mencap offers are funded by donations and so we are reliant on people like Liz to raise money through their fundraising activities.”

Both Liz and Helen have been training hard in the outdoor pool at Jesus Green. It has taken a few sessions to get used to swimming in a wetsuit. The water is a rather chilly 17ºC but good experience for what’s to come in the reservoir.

To make a donation and help Liz and Helen raise money for Cambridgeshire Mencap go to their Virgin Money Giving page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cm


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