Lancashire University Hospitals Children’s Appeal benefits charity swimming event

Barry Leahey MBE

A quartet of outdoor swimmers have raised £4,280 for a local hospital charity fundraiser at a swimming event.


Barry Leahey MBE, appeal fundraiser Lucy Clark and supporters Sarah Knowles and Greg Saul took part in the mile event for the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Children’s Appeal.

But strong winds forced them to abandon the Great North Swim on Lake Windermere.

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Sarah, Lucy and Greg

They found out hours before their swim, but in order not to jeopardize the promised donations, headed to the three sisters recreation area in Wigan, where Barry and Greg swam a mile and a half, and Lucy and Sarah swam some of them.

Fundraising manager Roya Armstrong said: “Instead of feeling defeated, they reorganized to take their swimming challenge elsewhere and swam even further.

“It was a brilliant effort, and we are very grateful for the funds they raised.”

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Swimmer spots will carry over to next year’s Great North Swim.

The hospital’s charity team is working to raise £1million for a shopping list of items to improve the experience of patients and families in children’s wards at the Royal Preston Hospital, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital and Broadoaks Child Development Center in Leyland.

He intends to build a new outdoor play park assessment area and other centers.

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Those interested in taking part should call Lucy on 01772 528500, with all swimmers receiving a Great North Swim t-shirt and medal upon completion of their swim.

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