Come on, dive in – it’s for charity

Ellie Ward in diving action at the Aquatic Centre ahead of a planned sponsored dive with Sunderland Diving Club.

Ellie Ward in diving action at the Aquatic Centre ahead of a planned sponsored dive with Sunderland Diving Club.

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YOUNG divers are taking great leaps to make one boy’s dream come true.

Children will join forces with Sunderland Diving Club to take to the boards of the Sunderland Aquatic Centre in a sponsored diving event.

Ellie Ward in diving action at the Aquatic Centre ahead of a planned sponsored dive with Sunderland Diving Club.

Ellie Ward in diving action at the Aquatic Centre ahead of a planned sponsored dive with Sunderland Diving Club.

It is to raise money for the charity Dreams Come True, which will help send 16-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer Owen to the British Grand Prix in 2013 with his family.

Ellie Ward, 23, who has helped organise the event, said: “We need to raise £2,500. We want to highlight the event, and encourage people to come along to cheer the kids and possibly donate some money.”

The youngsters, some of who are diving at national level, are all in professional training.

Lead by professional diving coach Steven Pattinson, who works at the Sunderland Aquatic centre, about 50 children will take part in the event on Saturday, December 15.

Ellie got involved with the charity through a book she is writing about life-changing events.

She said: “I’ve worked quite heavily with the charity and they gave me this young lad to work with.

“It’s quite nice, because with other charities you don’t see the people your efforts and money are helping, but with Dreams Come True they give you someone to help, so you know where your money is going.”

Rebecca Luckett, communications and marketing officer at Dreams Come True said: “Dreams Come True is a national children’s charity that brings joy to terminally and seriously ill children by fulfilling their dreams.

“Over the last two decades, the charity has made dreams come true for more than 5,000 children across the UK.”

The event will run from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

If anyone would like to donate, please do so at: www.justgiving.com/owensdream.

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