Two charities have been given a boost after Charterpoint Senior Living development manager Paul Wheatley dived into two major open water swimming challenges.
Wheatley successfully completed the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere in the Lake District earlier this summer – undertaking a two-mile, a one-mile and a half-a-mile swim during the course of the event.
More recently he dived in for a second time and completed the Dart 10k, a swim along the River Dart between Totnes and Dittisham in Devon, which is the equivalent of 400 lengths of the average public pool.
His efforts have raised £650 for Diabetes UK, plus £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society which has been donated by the Charterpoint Group. As a group working extensively in the senior living sector, Charterpoint selected the charity as its charity of the year during 2016.
Adrian Goose, chief executive of the Charterpoint Group, said: “Paul’s efforts have been remarkable and the Charterpoint team would like to congratulate him on completing these challenges and for raising hundreds of pounds for two very good causes”.
Wheatley has been open water swimming for about three years and undertook the challenges to mark his 50th birthday. He first took part in the Great North Swim at Windermere three years ago following the death of a friend who was due to take part. Wheatley and a group of his friends pledged to complete the event in his memory and to raise money for the RNLI – the charity that he had been due to support.
He has taken part in the Great North Swim at Windermere every year since, raising money for charity on each occasion.
The Charterpoint Group is based at Wheatcroft Business Park, Edwalton near Nottingham.