Making a splash for heart and stroke charity

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Swimmers from across Bedfordshire – including Michael Judd, 14, and Harry Wears, 15, of Leighton Buzzard Swimming Club – came together to undertake a sponsored swim on behalf of the heart and stroke charity, CORDA.

The event at Box End Lake, Kempston, was attended by Team GB swimmer Ross Davenport, who was on hand to provide tips and tricks to the fundraisers.

Ross, fresh from the 2012 Games, also took to the water to swim the 1.5k course. CORDA are planning to run the sponsored open water swim at Box End Lake again next year, in order to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Ross said: “It was a pleasure to represent CORDA. I had a wonderful time swimming, supporting and raising awareness for the remarkable charity.”

Jenny Jenks of CORDA added: “CORDA has achieved a vast amount as a charity over the last 30 years. As a result of our early pioneering work, the world’s most advanced unit for the early detection of heart disease and strokes was developed by us as a charity and is based in London at the Royal Brompton Hospital. Heart disease is still the biggest killer in our society and the creation of early detection by non-invasive methods is now possible thanks to CORDA.”

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