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Lawyers donate £900 to Sunderland Special Olympics

President of Sunderand Law Society Gavin Sword (left0 with pupils at barbar Priestman Academy, Sunderland presenting �900 to the Academy for the Sunderland Specail Olympics.

President of Sunderand Law Society Gavin Sword (left0 with pupils at barbar Priestman Academy, Sunderland presenting �900 to the Academy for the Sunderland Specail Olympics.

GENEROUS legal eagles have handed over hundreds of pounds to a sports charity.

Sunderland Law Society donated £900 to Sunderland Special Olympics, chosen by president Gavin Sword.

Keen athlete Mr Sword handed over a cheque when he met members at Barbara Priestman Academy in Thornhill, Sunderland.

It will be used to fund the charity’s annual swimming gala at the Raich Carter Centre in Hendon, which attracts competitors from across the UK.

Gavin, who is the European Sprint Triathlon Champion in his age group, said: “I chose Sunderland Special Olympics because it is a local charity and is sport orientated.”

It is a second funding boost for the Houghton-based charity, after it received a cheque for £19,000 from the Big Lottery Fund this month.

Organisers are also looking forward to receiving a £1,000 donation from marathon runner Linda Brewis, 32, of Hebburn, when she completes her challenge of running 12 marathons in 12 months by the end of the year.

Secretary Kath Rooney thanked the Law Society’s 130 members, who donated the cash at their annual dinner last month.

She said: “The money will pay for our sixth annual swimming gala. We are usually about a £1,000 down, but this will pay for the medals and the pool hire.” Sunderland Special Olympics offers year-round sports, training and competition for people of all ages with learning disabilities. It hopes to start swimming lessons for younger members in the new year.

 

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