Splashing the cash with charity swim
A GROUP of businessmen and women swapped their work suits for wet suits to swim across the River Humber for charity.
Staff representing various local businesses from across Hull and the East Riding completed the Humber Business Swim in just over an hour.
The volunteers swam the 2.4 miles from Barton-Upon- Humber to Hessle Foreshore yesterday to raise money for Humber Rescue, as well as other charities, and to promote activity, health and wellbeing.
The event was organised by Warners Health, which provides regional corporate health programmes and has a vision to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace.
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The company's Clinical Director Keith Warner took part alongside 14 others including staff from Yorkshire Water, KCom, Smith & Nephew, Southern Electric, Humberside Police, James Wright Menswear, Hymers College, Coletta & Tyson and Arco.
He said: "It was fantastic. The weather conditions were excellent and we couldn't have wished for a better day.
"It's not easy but the whole ethos is that it is meant to be difficult to give people the message that you can all do what you want to do if you put your mind to it.
"People can be and should be active in different ways and people need to be as active as they can be. All the swimmers did really well and have been training for this for months.
"Not only is it a good activity to take part in but it was also a good team-building exercise for people to get to know others from different companies."
The event, now in its second year, was a challenge, rather than a race.
The estuary was closed to shipping traffic for an hour to allow the swimmers a safe passage across.
The swim was timed to coincide with a change in the tide so swimmers would not be swept too far up or down river by the current.
Swimmers were carried upstream for the first half then back down the Humber in the final stage of the crossing.
They were cheered from both banks of the Humber Bridge by their family and friends and colleagues.
Later, a barbecue was held on Hessle Foreshore to help warm up and refuel the participants. Each swimmer raised the first £200 for Humber Rescue, with the rest of their individual sponsorship money donated to their company's charity of the year.
At least £3,000 was raised for Humber Rescue and it is estimated at least £30,000 was raised in total.