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Housing staff in the swim for charity


Five colleagues from Bradford housing group Incommunities have taken the plunge into the icy waters of Lake Windermere to round off five months of charity fundraising.

Incommunities Great North Swin TeamChief executive Geraldine Howley joined colleagues Adrienne Reid, Greg Robinson, Mark Crane and Antony O’Donohue on a tough one-mile circuit of the lake as part of the Great North Swim.

Together with other housing colleagues, they have swum more than 460 miles in local pools, raising more than £800 in online donations for the homeless charity Crisis, with more donations to come in.

Their original aim was to swim 22 miles - the equivalent of the width of the English Channel.

Geraldine Howley said: ""Doing the Great North Swim proved a fabulous finale to our ‘channel challenge’.

"It was tough going on Windermere as the team faced driving rain and choppy waves but everyone came in with some great finishing times – all within 54 minutes!

"A big thank you to all the Incommunities’ swim team and everyone who has kindly made donations."

Crisis is the nominated charity of the 2016/17 Chartered Institute of Housing President, Julie Fadden.

You can still support the team by donating online.

In 2015 and 2016 Geraldine, Adrienne and Greg raised money for The Prince’s Trust by taking part in the Great North Swim. The Prince’s Trust was the chosen charity for Geraldine Howley, as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2015/16.

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