Toy Appeal: All going swimmingly for former editor

Colin Grainger in the pool before last year's swim

Colin Grainger in the pool before last year's swim - Credit: Colin Grainger

Former Recorder editor Colin Grainger is taking the plunge next weekend.

The Community Links ambassador has set himself the target of 50 lengths of Romford’s Central Park Leisure Centre pool to raise money for the Toy Appeal.

“The first swim was the year the appeal started, and there were about 10 or 12 people,” he said.

“That was when sponsored swims were all the rage.

“Now it’s just me doing it.”

Colin explained that most years he raises between £100 and £300 for the appeal, with all the money used to buy gifts for Newham’s underprivileged children to open on Christmas morning.

If you want to sponsor him, you can drop the money off at Community Links’ headquarters in Barking Road, Canning Town.

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He will be handing it over at the Toy Appeal quiz on Thursday, December 3.