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Swim challenge for Haverhill charity

Team REACH from Haverhill. ANL-161003-111530001
Team REACH from Haverhill. ANL-161003-111530001

Staff from a Haverhill charity will be donning their swimsuits and goggles in the fight to reduce poverty around the world.

A team of five from REACH in Falconer Road is preparing to complete a 5km swimathon for Sport Relief on Saturday, March 19.

Those taking to the water at the town’s leisure centre include Henry Wilson, his wife Angela and their son Thom, along with work colleagues Rob Nicholas and Anna Bowers.

The idea for the swim came from Henry, the projects director at REACH, which like Sport Relief aims to improve the lives of those living in poverty, albeit on a local scale.

“We have never done anything for Sport Relief before,” said Henry.

“We wanted to do something that was not about ourselves, but do a tiny bit towards helping relief poverty.”

The team have set themselves the task of swimming 200 lengths, although the distance can be shared out to suit those who are stronger swimmers.

It is hoped the challenge can raise £500 for Sport Relief.

“The actual swim should not be a problem as I am a pretty confident swimmer and can pick up the lengths if people are struggling,” said Henry.

“We want to raise as much as we can as every bit helps.”

To donate to team REACH and their swimathon visit my.sportrelief.com/sponsor/team-reach.

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