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Swim star laps up disabled group’s charity efforts

SPLASH FOR CASH ... Josef Craig with Careline Lifestyle service users at Jarrow Community Pool.

SPLASH FOR CASH ... Josef Craig with Careline Lifestyle service users at Jarrow Community Pool.

SWIM star Josef Craig proved himself a charity champion to help a worthy cause.

The Paralympic and world champion hosted a sponsored swim at Jarrow Community Pool at Jarrow School, to help raise money for borough-based charity Cancer Connections.

The event was organised by Careline Lifestyles, which provides specialist support services to South Tynesiders affected by brain injuries, mental health needs, complex learning and physical disabilities.

Among those taking the plunge was service user Berni Scaplehorne, who lives in Deneside Court, Jarrow, following a stroke.

He said: “I felt very proud to have done something to help someone else. To be part of a fundraising swim and to have the support of Josef was amazing.”

Deborah Roberts, of Cancer Connections, said: “We are delighted to have had money raised by the swimmers, but even more thrilled that it was people with disabilities wanting to help others.

“The money raised will provide treatment for 16 people with relaxing therapies.”

Josef, who is sponsored by Careline Lifestyles and is a patron of Cancer Connections, added: “I’m very proud of the service users swimming to raise money for others.”

The swim raised more than £200.

 

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