Swimmers team up to help charity

TWO Sudbury men have swum to success after completing two fundraising events for a stroke charity close to their hearts.

Andrew Tinsley, 29, from Great Cornard, and 40-year-old Shaun Boldock, from Ballingdon, swam in the Great East and Great London swim events to raise money for The Stroke Association.

Shaun’s father died from a stroke in 2008, while Andrew’s grandfather is currently in hospital recovering from his second stroke in two years.

Andrew, who works at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury, is Shaun’s personal trainer and encouraged him to take part in the Great East swim as part of his fitness programme.

Andrew said: “I had no idea that Shaun’s father had died as a result of his stroke, so when I mentioned that I was swimming in aid of The Stroke Association, Shaun immediately signed up too.

“It makes it even more poignant that both of us have very good reasons to support this hugely worthwhile charity and cause.”

The two men completed the two-mile Great East swim event in Alton Water reservoir near Ipswich on June 11 and were back in action at the weekend at the Great London swim in the capital’s Royal Victoria Dock.

In Suffolk, there are estimated to be just under 1,500 strokes a year, a third of which are fatal. Around half of those who survive are left with a long-term disability.

The Stroke Association has 20 groups and clubs across Suffolk which support those affected by strokes.

If you would like to sponsor Andrew and Shaun, visit justgiving.com/Andrew-Tinsley1.

For more information about stroke support groups in the region, contact The Stroke Association’s support co-ordinators Elaine Monsen on 01473 743976 or Wendy Jephcote on 01284 760006.