Taking a dive to help charity

Steve Gibson (front), from Sunderland Scuba Centre, with some of the scuba divers who took part in the sponsored underwater swim at Thornhill School pool.

Steve Gibson (front), from Sunderland Scuba Centre, with some of the scuba divers who took part in the sponsored underwater swim at Thornhill School pool.

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A DOZEN divers took the plunge for charity by swimming the Channel – without leaving Wearside.

The fund-raisers raised more than £1,000 by swimming 30 miles underwater, which is the equivalent of swimming the Channel.

The swimmers, who are members of Sunderland Scuba Centre, did the swim at Thornhill School’s swimming pool.

The money raised has been split between Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal and St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Gateshead, with each receiving £532.50.

The charity is building the first dedicated children’s hospice in Southwick, Sunderland.

Steve Gibson, event organiser and proprietor of Sunderland Scuba Centre, said: “The challenge was a long and hard one and it took the team over six hours to complete, with each member of the 12-strong team swimming an average of 2.5 miles before they could go for a well-deserved drink.”

Karen Maclennan, regional fund-raiser at Grace House North East Children’s Hospice Appeal said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as one of the charities to benefit and thank every one of the swimmers who took part and helped raise this fantastic sum of money.”