Standing ovation for John’s swimming effort

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JOHN Wainright may not have been the fastest swimmer in the pool but he still swam half a mile for charity.

John, 33, from Bury St Edmunds, made his fourth annual charity swim on Saturday at Bury Leisure Centre and is thought to have raised about £400 for the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (Each).

The Leisure Centre had marked off a lane for John to do his swim and staff and other swimmers cheered him on.

His previous swims have been in aid of Age Concern, Cancer Research and Guide Dogs for the Blind, whose Bury fund-raiser Bryan Garnham helped John, who has learning difficulties, with the latest swim.

Bryan said: “I was a swimming instructor in the Navy and I admire him because I know the effort he put in.

“He’s not a strong swimmer but he virtually doggy paddled for 32 lengths and when he finished everyone at the pool stood up and clapped.”

Each fund-raiser Nikki Brown watched the swim and thanked John for his determination. She said: “He is an absolute inspiration.”

As he gathers in his sponsorship money, John is already thinking about what charity he will do his 2012 swim for. Bryan estimates that John’s four swims have netted about £1,600 for the charities.

Anyone wanting to donate money to John’s efforts should contact Bryan on 01284 787390.