Lynne’s charity swim

CHARITY CHAMPS: Lynne, daughters Daisy and Rosie and friend Laura helping to rattle the bucket at Sainsbury's.
CHARITY CHAMPS: Lynne, daughters Daisy and Rosie and friend Laura helping to rattle the bucket at Sainsbury's.
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A SWIMMER went to great lengths to mark her 65th birthday and help needy people in Rwanda.

Lynne Thornley, of Matlock, did a sponsored swim at the Lido this month and raised over £1,300 for the Kinamba Project, a charity set up by her friend Meg Fletcher.

The project supports communities that were devastated by the 1994 genocide including war widows and orphans.

The swim also marked Lynne’s 65th birthday. She said: “I intended doing 65 lengths but did 66 because I had to retrieve my goggles form the other end of the pool – it took me one hour 35 minutes.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to family, friends and local Matlock businesses who sponsored me and have helped me to raise over £1,300 when my original target was £500.”

Businesses including Twiggs, P&D Specialist Services, Fidler Taylor, The Thorn Tree, Million Hairs Salon, Indigo Furniture and Sainsbury’s supported Lynne.