Swimmers splash out to raise £4,300 for heroes

PUBLISHED: 17:30 06 March 2015

Some 350 swimmers take to the water on January 1 in a thrilling Lyme Lunge. photo by Dave Beer

Some 350 swimmers take to the water on January 1 in a thrilling Lyme Lunge. photo by Dave Beer

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Cheered on by hundreds of spectators, the annual Lyme Lunge attracted another huge turnout this year to the delight of its organisers, the town’s Rotary Club.

Rotary President Mark Tredwin presents H4H Representatives Peter Lacey (left) and Richard Lupton (right) with a cheque for £4,300Rotary President Mark Tredwin presents H4H Representatives Peter Lacey (left) and Richard Lupton (right) with a cheque for £4,300

More than 350 swimmers braved the icy seas off the West Dorset coast on New Year’s Day and raised £4,300 for Help for Heroes.

Cheered on by hundreds of spectators, the annual Lyme Lunge attracted another huge turnout this year to the delight of its organisers, the town’s Rotary Club.

Last week, Help for Heroes(H4H) regional manager Richard Lupton, along with local H4H representative Peter Lacey, was delighted to receive a cheque from the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis, representing the profits from the annual swim.

Mr Lupton told them: “Just because we have come out of Iraq and Afghanistan doesn’t mean the rehabilitation of our gallant servicemen and women is over.

“Far from it, we expect to be helping those who have suffered physically and mentally for many years to come, and this tremendous effort by the Rotary Club of Lyme Regis is very welcome indeed.”

“We have opened four recovery centres in the UK, including one in Plymouth, and these funds will help in putting people’s lives back together.”

Rotarian Jim Moseley, the event organiser, said: “The New Year’s Day event was named ‘The Formidable Lyme Lunge’ this year to commemorate the loss of 450 men when HMS Formidable was torpedoed in Lyme Bay 100 years ago on January 1, 1915.

“So the forces charity seemed a fitting place to direct funds raised. Thanks to all who helped us raise this significant sum.”


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