Stockport Express

‘Warrior’ team makes a splash

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MEMBERS of a team fighting to raise awareness of sensory loss have successful­ly completed the first leg of their challenge.

Visually impaired Phil Allen and his guide Ruth Hind are members of Walthew Warriors, a team from Shaw Heath charity Walthew House.

Together they have swum two miles through Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, the first leg of a gruelling challenge.

Next Phil will be joined by Brian Anthony and guide riders Brendan Kelly and George Mumford to cycle 140 miles on tandems from Whitehaven to Sunderland.

Between them the five team members want to prove sight loss is no barrier to participat­ing in sport.

They are also raising money for Walthew House, which helps people with hearing and sight impairment. of taking a rest by putting your feet down or holding on to the side.

“In the absence of lane markings, it is tough swimming in the right direction and getting it wrong even a bit will make you swim further.”

The the team has the backing of Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, who won gold in the pool at the 2008 Beijing games.

She said: “I wholeheart­edly support the efforts of the Walthew Warriors and hope that you will help this great cause.”

The bike ride, which is on tandems, begins on September 5.

To donate to the Walthew Warriors visit mydonate.bt.com/ events/walthew warriors/215493.

 ??  ?? Phil Allen and Ruth Hind, from Walthew House, with their swim medals
Phil Allen and Ruth Hind, from Walthew House, with their swim medals
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