Swanswell team member takes on daring fundraising challenge
22 August 2011
A Swanswell worker’s taking on an epic personal challenge to raise money for people affected by substance misuse.
Dean Gammon, a Support Worker with the national charity, will join up to 1400 other people in the Warwickshire Triathlon on Sunday 2 October. The event includes a 400 metre swim, 23km cycle race and a 5km run around Stratford-on-Avon.
While it’s no mean feat in itself, there’s been an extra challenge for Dean – he couldn’t swim until he started training for the event, four months ago.
Dean said: ‘The overall distance doesn’t work me too much as I enjoy keeping fit and am often out and about on my bike. However, the biggest challenge for me will be the 400 metre swim.
‘I’ve never really been interested in learning how to swim but decided it’s about time I did. The triathlon gave me the added incentive to do it and I’ve not looked back. My lessons have been going well and I’m really looking forward to it.’
It’s not the first time Dean has been involved in fundraising while he’s been with Swanswell.
Earlier this year, he joined colleagues to take part in the Corporation Street Challenge - a 35-mile sponsored bike ride from the charity’s head office in Rugby to its office in Birmingham, raising money for Comic Relief.
On World Book Night, he also made a 30-mile trip on two wheels to deliver books to clients in Birmingham, again to raise money for charity. However, this time round Dean is hoping to raise money for Swanswell.
Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘I’m delighted that Dean’s taken on this personal challenge to help people affected by substance misuse.
‘Dean’s determined approach to learning how to swim is a good way to represent the journey that many of our clients take to achieve their goals too.
‘We wish him lots of luck in the triathlon in October and I’m sure he will find it a very worthwhile experience.’