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Barnsley group set for Great North Swim

By helen williams, Hoyland Reporter Thursday 12th June 2014
Steven Bowkett, Robert Blackburn, Sam Leake and Thomas Lawcock

A PLATTS Common swimming instructor and his workmates are heading to Windermere to do the Great North Swim in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

Robert Blackburn, 32, of Guest Street, who works at Barnsley Metrodome, will do the two-mile swim in lake Windermere tomorrow.

Robert and his lifeguard workmates Thomas Lawcock, Sam Leake and Steven Bowkett hope to raise more than £1,000 and have been sponsored by shops and businesses in Hoyland and parents of children Robert teaches at the Metrodome.

He said: "We have never swum in open water before and temperatures will be cold. We all have to wear wetsuits."

Robert has done previous swimming challenges for charity. Between April 24 and May 9 last year he swam 1,344 lengths - amounting to a mile a day - for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Posted by rw I Thu 12th Jun 2014 at 1:02pm
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Posted by Bernie I Fri 13th Jun 2014 at 9:01pm

Well done lads you should be so proud !!!

Posted by donna I Thu 26th Jun 2014 at 9:04pm

Well done lads an a very big well done rob laddo yr always doing diffrent things to help ppl out x