Two swimmers will join more than 100 others as they swim across a reservoir to raise funds for their chosen charities.
James Greenberry and Catherine Davy will take part in the Big Charity Swim at Rutland Water on Sunday next week.
James, 32, of Harborough Close, Whissendine, is raising money for the British Red Cross and Headway.
He was diagnosed with the brain condition hydrocephalus - water on the brain - while he was at university. But James survived and went on to work at the Red Cross offices in Grantham and Leicester.
He said: “The Big Charity Swim gives me the opportunity to say thank you to the charities that supported me through that difficult time.”
To sponsor him visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesGreenberry
.Catherine is raising money for The Cinnamon Trust which provides help for elderly people to allow them to keep their pets. Volunteers can take pets for walks or arrange care if the owner goes into hospital.
Catherine, of Bradley Lane, Clipsham, said: “For many elderly people, their pets are their reason for living and they are constant companions which are on hand 24 hours a day.
“The Cinnamon Trust is always so grateful to receive donations which makes it very rewarding to do something to help.”
The 53-year-old said: “I’m not a particularly keen swimmer and have never done open water swimming before.
“I went to a practice swim at Rutland Water but spent half an hour getting into a wetsuit only to be told it was on back to front so I didn’t get much time in the water.”
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