Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Chung, has completed 110 lengths and has so far raised £400 for his charities, Friends in St Helier and Merton Centre for Independent Living.
Councillor Chung has completed his target number of lengths but is continuing to swim to raise awareness of the importance of exercise, especially for older people. There is still time to sponsor Councillor Chung. Deadline for donations is 18 May, when he completes his Mayoral year.
The mayor, who is partially paralysed and a wheelchair user, swam the lengths over four days at the Canon’s Leisure Centre, Mitcham.
Councillor Chung said: “I wanted to do this as a challenge for myself and to raise money for my chosen charities, which do so much for the vulnerable and the disabled people in our borough. Swimming is such good exercise for the whole body and you are supported in the water, making it such an accessible sport for many people. I want to get the message out there that sport is a good thing, and that people of all ages and physical abilities should get out there and give it a go. We have some great gyms and pools in the borough and our outdoor gyms in our parks are there for everyone to use.”
To donate to the mayor’s charities, people should get in touch with the Mayor’s office by phone on 020 8545 3517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org