Christmas Toy Appeal 2019: Sponsored swim for former editor
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 November 2019
Former Recorder editor Colin Grainger is taking the plunge to raise funds for this year's Toy Appeal.
He is aiming to raise £500 through swimming 50 lengths of the Central Park Leisure Centre pool in Harold Hill.
It's the 42nd time that Colin - who helped set up the first Toy Appeal in partnership with Community Links - has taken on the challenge, with the money raised through sponsorship being used to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children in Newham.
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"I didn't think, when we started this 42 years ago, that we'd be doing this in 2000, let alone nearly 2020," Colin said.
"There's still a large pocket of deprivation and it's not going anywhere."
A date for Colin's swim has not yet been set, but he said he expects to take on the challenge in the first week of December.
To sponsor him, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/colin-grainger-2019