Housing staff in ‘channel’ swim challenge

A group of Incommunities’ staff are going to great lengths in support of the national homeless charity, Crisis.

Nine intrepid swimmers are planning to swim the equivalent of the width of the English Channel, using local pools.

That’s a distance of 22 miles or 1,416 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool!

They include the housing group’s Chief Executive Geraldine Howley and executive management team colleagues, Adrienne Reid and Greg Robinson, who are joining housing staff and building operatives in taking the plunge.

To round off their gruelling challenge, some of the Incommunities team will take part in the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere on Saturday, 10th June.

Among the swimmers is Mark Crane, a joiner with Incommunities, who is already on course to complete his ‘channel challenge’.

Mark has been clocking up the lengths in local pools and outdoor swimming events. He said: “I’m really enjoying building up the miles and knowing I’m doing this for such a great cause (Crisis) is a real motivation.”

Geraldine Howley, Incommunities’ Group Chief Executive, said: “Everyone is determined to complete their own challenge and some of the team have already made a flying start.

“As a group we are delighted to support Crisis, the nominated charity of the current Chartered Institute of Housing President, Julie Fadden, and help raise as much money as possible to support their work in tackling homelessness across the UK.

“I’m stepping up my own progress to complete my ‘channel’ swim and look forward to returning to Lake Windermere in June to finish off this big challenge with colleagues from Incommunities.”

Over the last two years Geraldine, Adrienne and Greg have raised £5,000 for The Prince’s Trust by taking part in the Great North Swim. The Prince’s Trust was the chosen charity for Geraldine Howley, as President of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2015/16.

You can show your support for Incommunities’ latest swim team by donating online at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Incommunities-channel-challenge

Written on 30th January 2017Lillie Geistdorfer. Published in Members News, News