A group of ladies from the Pocklington area are aiming to raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice, by taking part in the ‘Great North Swim’ across Lake Windermere on 8th June. As members of a local choir, they also find that singing, whilst swimming, helps keep up their morale.

The Blue Tits are now training twice a week at Allerthorpe Lake. The swimmers are Angela Raby, Helen Anthony, Jane Robinson, Sarah Best, Sue Lowndes, Lauren Fox, Michelle Mook, Lesley Gamble and Becky Lowndes. Lesley Gamble is also a volunteer in the St Leonard’s Hospice shop in Pocklington,

Last year they took on the challenge for the first time and overcame physical and mental challenges to achieve their goal. Not only did they ALL finish the swim together but (much to the other swimmers annoyance) they swam and sung most of the way round. They also achieved something they never thought possible when they started out and raised £3000 for Dementia Forward.

This year they will pull those wetsuits on again and get training to push themselves even further as they raise money for St Leonard’s Hospice, another charity close their hearts and community.

St Leonard’s Hospice in York has been providing care and support for the local community for 38 years.

It’s their mission to provide the highest standard of care and support to those living with life limiting illnesses, and to the people they care about, to enrich their lives, and to contribute to the ongoing development of end of life care.

You can show your appreciation for the ‘Blue Tits’ and support the hospice by donating through ‘Just Giving’. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


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