Fundraisers plan 2,000m swim in Hartlepool pool for charity that supported their loved-ones

(left to right) Julie Duffy, Stephen Young, Chris Wood and Kelly Ingram
(left to right) Julie Duffy, Stephen Young, Chris Wood and Kelly Ingram

TWO fundraisers are set to get wet for a good cause as they take part in a sponsored swim in support of a charity which supported their relatives in cancer battles.

Kind-hearted Christopher Wood, 27, and Stephen Young, 32, are planning to swim 2,000m in the pool at Hartlepool’s Mill House Leisure Centre, early next month.

The effort will be in support of Macmillan Cancer Support and is a way for Christopher and Stephen to say thanks to the charity for the support they have provided to close relatives who were diagnosed with cancer.

Stephen’s granddad, Joe Young, sadly lost his battle with throat cancer in 2007 while Christopher’s nana, Edith Wood, 69, had to have her stomach removed after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus, but fortunately managed to beat the disease.

Christopher, who lives with Edith in the town’s Rockpool Close, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity and the nurses offered my nana so much support when she was ill.

“This is just a way for us to say thanks to them really.

“I was planning on organising a fundraiser and then I found out Stephen wanted to do something as well so we decided to do it together.”

Stephen, who lives in the Stockton Road area of town, added: “I know my granddad would have wanted me to do something like this, he would be very proud.”

The dedicated pair are hoping to raise around £1,000 each.

They are also going to have a raffle and thanked Hartlepool United who have donated a signed football.

Christopher and Stephen both go along to sessions run by the Criminal Justice Intervention Team, in Hartlepool, and support people who have offended.

Recovery worker Julie Duffy, said: “This is a chance for Christopher and Stephen to give something back and show their support for the charity.”

People can donate and support the pair by calling Stephen on 07512 213534 or Christopher on 07582 680150.