A team of swimmers aged over 50 take up the challenge of swimming the English Channel for Dementia UK

The team consists of Pete Moyes, 61, from Mansfield, Theresa Tomlinson, 50, from Retford, Phil Field, 57, from Newark and Anne-Marie Lawrence, 57, from Stanton by Bridge.

Pete and Theresa are part of the Retford and District Lifesaving Club coaching staff, while Pete and Phil were members of the Newark Triathlon Club and have been friends for 20 years. Pete and Anne-Marie worked together for Life Skills Education Charity based in Mansfield.

But a common bond around family experiences of living with dementia and a love of swimming united them to meet this challenge.

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Pete Moyes, Anne-Marie Lawrence, Theresa Tomlinson, Phil Field

The team know that dementia affects the whole family and want to use their good health and fitness to help others who may need more support as they age and struggle with the many effects that dementia can bring. .

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Pete said, “Age is just a number.”

Pete’s father-in-law, who was a decorated firefighter in Nottingham, an avid footballer and ever-present in the London Marathon, recently succumbed to the debilitating effects of dementia.

Dementia UK said: “Every pound raised helps us support and develop our flagship dementia nurses so they can provide a lifeline to families when they need it most.”

The team are looking to raise £5,000 for Dementia UK and if you would like to help and contribute visit www.justgiving.com/team/RobinHoodswimmers.