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Mark Lewis, owner of Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford is embarking on something of a challenge having decided to swim the equivalent of the UK’s longest river, the River Severn, in aid of the Severn Hospice and Anthony Nolan charities.

In Mark’s own words, he described the incentive to undertake such a challenge after something of a ‘mid-life crisis’ whereby he decided to take stock of things. “My father had a heart attack at 52 and I knew that I needed to do something positive as basically I was an accident waiting to happen. I started out back in July and joined a local slimming club which helped to kick start things. I wanted to inspire other family members so decided to balance the healthy eating with regular exercise and started swimming.”

“With the swimming, I set myself several challenges along the way, but I wanted a really big challenge to give me an ongoing incentive. Swimming the equivalent of the River Severn seemed an obvious choice, after all, it is the longest river in the UK. But, I wanted to give something back so have decided to swim for charity. The Severn Hospice seemed the perfect fit – not just the Severn connection but the fact that they so such fantastic work for local people. I have decided to split any sponsorship between the Severn Hospice and Anthony Nolan who also do phenomenal work.”

Mark is completing the challenge in a local swimming baths and is tracking his journey via the Swim Fit Challenge website, but plans to tackle open water once he reaches the Telford area. Mark is, as described by fellow colleagues ‘shrinking away’ having already lost 5 stone, with an additional 2 stone target.

Looking forward, Mark confides that his next ambition is to swim in open water and has set his sights on tackling the Channel.

Raising money for

Severn Hospice

Severn Hospice

Charity Registration No. 512394

Severn Hospice provides care for patients and families who are living with life limiting illnesses. We strive to look after their medical, emotional and practical needs in a compassionate and respectful environment. We rely on public fundraising for two thirds of our income every year.

Donations 17

Donation by Steve and Wendy Jones on 30/03/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Mark, Thanks for doing this for such a fantastic cause, from personal experience the work the Hospice does is fantastic, keep up the good work!

Donation by Lesley Clarke (Registar) on 24/02/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck Mark

Donation by Vivienne Glews on 16/02/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Valentine Charity ball , proceeds from the auction. Thank you to all those that provided auction prizes and participated in the auction for this very worthy cause.

Donation by Anonymous on 16/02/14

£585.00

+ £146.25 Gift Aid

It's fantastic to hear that you're taking on such a huge personal challenge and supporting a worthy cause at the same time. I heard your news from my mum, as we now in Edinburgh. Well done!

Donation by Karen Currier on 19/01/14

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Mark, this is an amazing thing you are doing - a challenge and a half! Good luck - we are behind you all the way, we know you'll do it. All the best, Trevor and Sarah.

Donation by Trevor Hirst on 04/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good on you Mark - keep at it - Best Wishes Ian and Dawn Mottershaw

Donation by ian and dawn mottershaw on 01/12/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Mark, hope the open water part isn't in this freezing weather!

Donation by Andrew Stirling on 27/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Mark!! x

Donation by Fleur Abel on 18/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

All the Best Mark

Donation by Gareth Cadwallader on 18/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Keith Winter on 15/11/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Hi Mark, I hope that you manage to raise lots of lovely money for a great cause,

Donation by katy Jones on 07/11/13

£20.00

Hi Mark, very brave but a great cause. Watch out for the "brown trout" !!!

Donation by Steve Day on 06/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Rather you than me Mark but well done and good luck with it all x

Donation by Felicity Wingrove on 06/11/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Good luck.

Donation by Christine Rothnie on 05/11/13

Hope you raise lots of cash Mark.

Donation by Frances Ovens on 03/11/13

£20.00

Mark, I am behind you all the way with your challenge (I might even dip my feet in the water!). Two great charities are going to benefit. love Lou XX

Donation by Louise Clark on 31/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£980.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£980.00
  • Gift Aid£235.00

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