Three Leeds office workers are making a splash as they dive into the water for charity – before competing in the London Triathlon later this month.
Karen Landells, Adam Depledge and Laura Guyatt, all part of the corporate tax team at Deloitte’s Leeds office, are taking part in Swim for All, run by the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
The three colleagues will be swimming in the 1,500m event on Sunday, July 10 at Pugney’s Country Park in Wakefield.
They will then take part in the London Triathlon with 13 other members of staff at Deloitte on July 30.
The swimmers are hoping to raise money for Leeds Mencap, which supports adults and children with learning disabilities, and Sue Ryder, which helps care for people with long-term or end-of-life needs.
Adam said: “We are training as often as possible so we can compete to the best of our abilities and raise as much money as possible for charity in the process. We have arranged our first outdoor swimming session this weekend to try out our new wetsuits.
“Although it still feels like we have a long way to go, we are extremely focused and hopefully we will be well prepared.”
Stuart Cottee, head of tax in Leeds and Newcastle for Deloitte, said: “As well as helping these local charities continue their excellent work in Yorkshire, fundraising activities like this are also a fantastic opportunity to bring the team together and get everyone involved.”
Swimmers taking part are asked to donate their sponsorship money to one of 11 specific causes doing good work across Yorkshire and beyond. The partner charities are: the Jane Tomlinson Appeal; Macmillan Cancer Support; Diabetes UK; Scope; the RNLI; Sheffield Children’s Hospital; Leeds Children’s Hospital; Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice; Wakefield Hospice; Yorkshire Cancer Research; and the Breast Cancer Campaign.
Entries cost £20 for the 500m and £25 for the 1,500m swim. For more information or to enter, visit www.swimforall.co.uk.
Jane Tomlinson raised almost £2m for charity despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer. She died in 2007, aged 43.