A TRIO of intrepid women are planning a cross-Channel charity swim to raise cash to fight a devastating condition.
Liz Orr, Angela Moon and Tracey Etherington are hoping to raise £3,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society by swimming the English Channel.
The gruelling feat of endurance was thought up by the women after each of their lives were touched by loved ones being diagnosed with the progressive brain disorder.
All three have seen how the disease can have a devastating effect on a person’s life.
Mrs Orr, from South Shields, who is a former South Tyneside Swimming Club member, said: “We have been friends for a long time and swimming the Channel is something we’ve always wanted to do.
“So when we were given the opportunity we said ‘yes’ and decided it would be great if we could raise money for charity at the same time.
We’ve all had our lives affected by Alzheimer’s, which is why we chose the Alzheimer’s Society.Liz Orr
“We’ve all had our lives affected by Alzheimer’s, which is why we chose the Alzheimer’s Society.
“The event has been officiated by the Channel Swim Association and we will be supported throughout by a pilot boat.
“We’ve all taken part in open water events before, but this is something different. We’re all looking forward to it.”
Liz and sisters Angela and Tracey, who are from Gateshead, have already started their training for the event, on June 22, by swimming up to five times a week in a pool and every other weekend in the sea at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that the team is giving their time through this courageous effort to support Alzheimer’s Society.
“One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is caused by diseases of the brain and can happen to anyone.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Angela, Tracey and Liz, to help us continue our vital work.
“Please back the team in their fundraising efforts so that the Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia with symptoms including memory loss, becoming confused and mood swings which become more severe over time.
The Alzheimer’s Society provide information and services to those diagnosed with the disease and their families – this can include day care, home care, as well as support and befriending services.
To sponsor the team, contact Tracey on 07505 565 578 or visit their website HERE.
Any swimmers wishing to join the team are asked to contact Tracey as soon as possible.
For information on the charity, visit its website HERE.