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Lee is making a splash for charity

Lee Ford (left) on one of his previous fund-raising challenges.
Lee Ford (left) on one of his previous fund-raising challenges.

A fund-raiser is set to make a splash for charity – with his hardest challenge yet.

Lee Ford is aiming to swim 22-miles – the equivalent of the English Channel – as part of the Swim22 challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Lee, of Stakeford, is completing the challenge at BETTER fitness club swimming pool, in Gosforth, over a 12-week period.

But in an added twist, Lee will be covering the 1,416 lengths less than a year after learning to swim and never taking part in a swimming event or challenge.

Lee, who works in Gosforth for St Oswald’s, is aiming to be an inspiration to his daughter Eva while raising money.

He said: “I want Eva to firstly learn that helping others is something you should always aspire to do, it can be something small like buying a Big Issue from a vendor or buying a jumper and socks for a homeless person in the winter months right up to running a marathon and raising thousand’s for a children’s hospice.

“I also, of course, want her to be proud of her dad.”

Over the past 14 years, Lee has raised more than £80,000 for a various charities through marathons, half-marathons, cycling around the UK, hiking trails, climbing mountains and more.

To sponsor Lee, visit www.justgiving.com/doggypaddlelee, or make a donation at the BETTER Gosforth Leisure Centre.

Anthony Kennedy, facility supervisor of Gosforth Leisure Centre, said: “We are happy to support Lee and we look forward to assisting him with the challenge.”