Louth to the Lake District: Trio’s ambitious challenge

Martyn Lumb, Lydia Arliss and Michael Vickers.
Martyn Lumb, Lydia Arliss and Michael Vickers.

Three friends from Louth will be heading to the Lake District next week to take part in an ambitious swimming fundraiser.

Martyn Lumb, Lydia Arliss and Michael Vickers will all be taking part in the Great North Swim at Windermere lake on June 13 together to raise money for Cancer Research UK and mental health charity MIND.

The three friends, who all met in Louth in the early 1990s, will do their swim in memory of their mutual friend Scott Collins, who lost his battle with cancer in 2013 at the age of 41.

Martyn, 43, swam the two mile course last year in memory of Scott, raising over £1,200, and decided to get his friends to join him this year in the hope of raising even more money.

Michael, 43, couldn’t even swim two lengths a few months ago and he is now set to swim the one mile course at Windermere. He has even quit smoking in order to boost his fitness and see the challenge through.

Lydia, 37, will take on the two mile challenge, while Martyn will take on the longest challenge, five miles.

Martyn said: “We want to thank everyone who has donated so far. Cancer and mental health issues affect everyone at some stage, either directly or indirectly.

“The Great North Swim is a great challenge, with plenty of distances to choose from. “If anyone wants to join us, email me at martynlumb@hotmail.com”

To donate towards the fundraiser challenge, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamLouthGreatNorthSwim2014.