Carnlough swim for a great cause

Freezin' for a reason! Late comer Stuart Gilmore makes a spectacular entrance as he jumps into the freezing water at the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day charity swim at Carnlough Harbour. INBT 02-118JC
Freezin' for a reason! Late comer Stuart Gilmore makes a spectacular entrance as he jumps into the freezing water at the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day charity swim at Carnlough Harbour. INBT 02-118JC

The participants in this year’s Carnlough swim are already on course to raise another bumper total for the work of the Ballymena branch of the Spina Bifida Association.

Last year the swim raised the magnificent sum of £6500 and this year again has got off to a brilliant start with £2575 being lifted on the day thanks to the generous sponsorship from the general public. This again highlights the generosity of people and the swimmers who are always prepared to support and help ones less fortunate than themselves.

Chairman of the Association Billy McIlroy said it was very pleasing to see so many swimmers, particularly the younger ones. He also added it was very nice to see so many first time swimmers and visitors and he hoped they would all enjoy themselves and return another time.

Next year will be the 44th anniversary of the event which was started off by the late John McNeil, Bill Bell, Danny Wylie and Aidan Metrusty.