Making a splash to raise charity cash

Pamela Davison with Diane Wheeler, Daniel Wheeler and John Marshal.
Pamela Davison with Diane Wheeler, Daniel Wheeler and John Marshal.
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A Blyth woman has made a splash to help out a charity which supports people affected by multiple sclerosis.

Pamela Davison has raised more than £800 for Morpeth-based charity MS Research and Relief Fund by organising and taking part in a sponsored swim at Blyth Leisure Centre.

The money will go towards the cost of fitting a hydrotherapy pool at Benmar House in Choppington Road, Morpeth, which provides a range of services to help people whose lives have been affected by MS.

Pamela, of Newsham Farm Estate, was diagnosed with the disease three years ago and wanted to raise the funds as a thank you for the support Benmar House has given her.

The 64-year-old said: “The girls are wonderful there.

“I get all my therapy for free.

“They need to raise in the region of a quarter of a million pounds for the pool, which will make such a difference to people with MS.”

Pamela, who raised more than £1,000 for the charity last year, was joined at the pool by her sister-in-law Diane Wheeler, Diane’s son Daniel, aged 16, and John Marshal, a therapist at Benmar House.

The team swam three miles and raised a total of £807.50, with money still coming in.

Pamela, who swims twice a week at the leisure centre, said: “It wasn’t until I started raising money for the charity that I realised how many people out there have this horrible disease and do not know where to get help.

“I think more should be done to highlight and raise awareness of MS so as long as I can do it, I will carry on fundraising.

“I have days when I can’t get out of bed. This is part of the disease. But there are people worse than myself.

“I am just one of the lucky ones who can still get around.”