Pair make waves to help charities

Adele White and Dave Stones have done a  charity swim for Down's Syndrome with Jo Allen and her baby Amelia Mayne.
Adele White and Dave Stones have done a charity swim for Down's Syndrome with Jo Allen and her baby Amelia Mayne.
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THE bad weather did not dampen the spirits of two dedicated fundraisers who took the plunge for charity.

Adele White and Dave Stones had signed up to take part in the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere but due to adverse weather it was called off.

But, not to be defeated, the pair took their mile-swim challenge closer to home at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield.

Mr Stones also swam a mile in Salford Quays as part of the Great Manchester Swim.

Mr Stones, of Minsthorpe Vale, said: “I was gutted when the Windermere swim was cancelled but the Salford Quays swim was a fantastic experience. I managed to do the mile in a time of 29 minutes 40 seconds, which I was pleased with. It was tough but well worth it.”

Along with Miss White, of Manor Farm Estate, South Elmsall, Mr Stones raised cash for Leeds MENCAP and neonatal wards at Pontefract Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary, where his son Jack, three,was treated for a bowel disorder.

It also raised funds for Wakefield Downs Syndrome Group in support of their friend’s daughter, Amelia Hope Mayne, who has the condition.

Eight-month-old Amelia also spent time on the high dependency unit at Pinderfield’s neonatal ward.

Her mum, Jo Allen, 36, of Minsthorpe Vale, had also planned to take part in the swim but due to injury, had to back out.

Despite the set backs, they managed to raise £4,000 – including cash from a recent charity netball tournament.

Miss Allen said: “It’s fantastic the amount of money we have raised and it is so nice have such wonderful friends who are prepared to help.

“But it isn’t just about the money, it’s about raising awareness as well. It’s about focusing on ability, not disability.”

Mr Stones thanked his employers Drax Power Station for their support, and Minsthorpe swimming baths for allowing them to train at a reduced rate.