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Toy Appeal: Former editor takes the plunge for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:03 30 November 2017

Triumphant but tired: Colin Grainger completes his 40th fundraising swim for the Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Colin Grainger

Triumphant but tired: Colin Grainger completes his 40th fundraising swim for the Recorder and Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal. Picture: Colin Grainger

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A former Recorder editor has completed his 40th daring dip for charity.

L to R: Recorder staff Steve Poston, Gary Bird, Colin Grainger and Pat Coughtrey before their 1984 swim. Picture: Colin GraingerL to R: Recorder staff Steve Poston, Gary Bird, Colin Grainger and Pat Coughtrey before their 1984 swim. Picture: Colin Grainger

Colin Grainger, 63, has taken the plunge each year since co-founding the Christmas Toy Appeal 40 years ago.

He’s raised £360 from his mammoth paddle at the Central Park pool in Romford.

“Didn’t think I would do it this year but made it,” he said in a triumphant but tired Facebook post yesterday.

“Wiped out and shoulders killing me.”

Colin and his children James and Angela, Recorder staff and youngsters in a 1987 swim. Picture: Colin GraingerColin and his children James and Angela, Recorder staff and youngsters in a 1987 swim. Picture: Colin Grainger

Colin broke through the pain barrier to rack up an impressive 50 lengths non-stop.

The eager ex-editor, now living in Romford, has raced alongside colleagues and family members since his first swim in 1977.

He hopes to raise £500 for disadvantaged children this year, every penny of which will be used to buy up to 100 toys for charity.

But he can’t do it alone. Colin needs your help to smash his fundraising target.

To donate, click here.


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