Mandy dives in to help hospice

Colleagues splashed the cash when Mandy Wilson took the plunge for a good cause. They helped her to raise nearly £286 in a 5k Swim for Steve, for St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.

The event had a personal resonance for the Bradford Nights Process Expert on Dispatch. It was organised by her daughter Rachel’s fiancé, Jake, whose father, Steve, passed away from bowel cancer in the hospice last year.

Mandy’s husband, also named Steve, is a bowel cancer survivor and she lost her step-father and other family members to the disease.

“I made a donation but then thought if I’m going to do that, I might as well do a swim,” says Mandy, who regularly takes a dip in her local pool and is a volunteer swim coach. “All the hospices do a fantastic job with their support and care at a time that is so hard for the families involved.”

The goal was 200 lengths in a 25m pool and Mandy, who focuses on front crawl after a knee injury, aimed to complete them in under two and a half hours. “I crawled in at two hours 15,” she grins.

“It was a challenge as I haven’t swum crawl over that distance before, but I’m glad I did it.”

Mandy, who also works on Balance, has been overwhelmed with the support she received from her colleagues at Bradford, where she’s worked for just over 25 years. “My thanks to all of them for their generosity,” she says. “Next year I hope to swim 7k. I’ll have to get some practice in!”