Downton makes a splash at national swimming event

Downton raised over £3,000 in aid of Cancer Research UK in this year’s Great North Swim.

On Saturday 11th June, fifteen members of Downton across Leeds and Gloucester donned their wetsuits to swim 1 mile in England’s largest natural lake. Surrounded by some of the nation’s most spectacular scenery, the team took to the freezing waters at 2.15pm united in their mission to fundraise on behalf of Cancer Research UK, and later enjoyed a victory dinner in a local restaurant, the Village Inn Bowness.

The team raised a collective total of £3637.73, bringing the company’s fundraising total to £7,107.64. Gloucester Driver Agency Coordinator Mark Pyrah was named charity champion for raising a staggering £780, with Executive PA  Jane Tarrant close behind with £605.

With a £10,000 pledge to Cancer Research UK, the Great North Swim is just one of many events taken on by the company who are set to compete in Tough Mudder on Saturday 20th August in Cirencester, and the Great North Run in Leeds on Sunday 11th September.

The Great North Swim is an inspiring outdoor national swimming challenge suitable for all swimming abilities, taking place annually at Lake Windermere – England’s largest lake at 10.5 miles long which offers spectacular views to competitors and spectators.