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Date added: 08 January 2007

Dipping deep for charity 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's 30 dressed up swimmers bobbing down the Thames to raise money for charity.

Members from the Swindon Sub-Aqua Club [SSAC] plunged into the icy water on Sunday morning to raise money for the Royal National Life Boat Institution.
Annual Swim up the Thames
Getting wet for a good cause!
swimmers taking a plunge in the
Thames for charity

The brave swimmers lept from the riverbank in Inglesham and swam east to Lechlade before receiving a well-earned cup of warm soup at The Trout Inn.

"We have been holding this annual event for 25 years now," said John Hamilton, 80, founder - and oldest - SSAC member, "and believe me, it seems to get colder every year!"

In that time, the Swindon branch - which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary - has raised in excess of 20,000 for the RNLI, which has helped buy several inshore lifeboats.
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