PUBLISHED: 16:58 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009
IT S easy to spot a good fundraising idea – or so Isabel Hospice supporters reckon. For the annual sponsored marathon swim is now in its fourth year and proved as successful as ever. This year s theme was spots. Hundreds of those taking part entered int
IT'S easy to 'spot' a good fundraising idea - or so Isabel Hospice supporters reckon.
For the annual sponsored marathon swim is now in its fourth year and proved as successful as ever.
This year's theme was spots.
Hundreds of those taking part entered into the spirit of things turning up with spotty banners, spotty costumes and bikinis as well as spotty swimming hats and faces!
Once again the 100 mile target was blown out of the water with a massive 142 miles covered by 146 people who took part.
Among them was WHT editor Terry Mitchinson.
Michele Hart, from Welwyn (team Dotty, Potty, Hotty Harties) said: "We have been taking part in the swim since losing my husband Paul to leukaemia in September 2004.
"Claire was just nine and Oliver six.
"We had family support and hospice care when Paul was ill and have had lots of help since; children's bereavement group and invitations to special parties.
"The swim is an opportunity to unite with people who have connections with the hospice and the sponsorship gives us a chance to support the team and help them continue with their wonderful and fantastic work.
"The swim was so much fun. We even swam in fancy dress and loved it!"
Nick Lorraine, 51, who works in WGC, also swam last year. He is founder of the 'Spot MiniMe' team. He coerced his wife Gillyann to swim with nieces Zoe, nine and Melissa, eight, who jointly won the individual trophy after Zoe swam 64 lengths (one mile) and Melissa swam 32 lengths (half a mile).
Nick said: "I swam as The Pink Bonce last year in the 2007 Pink Swim. I have had an artificial hip since 2001 and was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour last year.
"I really like swimming and find it good for my hip.
"My mother did a great deal of work for her local hospice in Kent and I have taken over the mantle raising money for my local hospice, Isabel.
"We ended up swimming five miles and raised over a £1,000 on the day.
"We had a wonderful time and would like to thank all the people who have sponsored us, especially everyone I work with at Schering-Plough, WGC."
Terry Mitchinson, also swims each year. He hopes to have raised around £400. "Thanks again to all those regulars who sponsor me for this and other events; you know who you are," he said.
Julia Skinner, who organised the swim on behalf of Isabel Hospice with Sue Gager, said: "The day wouldn't be possible without the swimmers and their supporters who really pull out all the stops and make it such a fun and inspiring day.
"Lots of volunteers help it run smoothly and our sponsors Churchills Chartered Surveyors in Hertford, Digital Media Services of Covent Garden and Haileybury School in Hertford Heath [where it took place] enable us to make the most of every penny donated.
"Party Buds decorated the pool wonderfully with seahorse and octopus balloons, it was the prettiest swim yet!
"Every £1 raised makes a difference and every £1 raised in the swim goes directly into the service for local people."
For more information about the hospice service log on to www.isabelhospice.org.uk
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