Olive goes extra mile for charity

KIND-HEARTED fundraisers go to all sorts of lengths for charity – which is literally the case for Olive Hopkinson who recently swam a mile in aid of local causes.

Olive, 69, completed 64 lengths of the pool at Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre in Uppermill, raising £355 for the Saddleworth Parish Council’s chairman’s charities.

Olive Hopkinson

She was cheered on during her feat, which took around 45 minutes, by husband Terry, Saddleworth Parish Council chairman Cllr Rob Knotts, his wife Lesley, and charity committee members Barbara Birtles and Susan Wareing.

Olive, who is also a member of the committee, said: “I wanted to do something a bit different to help raise money. I come swimming anyway so decided to do that.

“There were a lot of other swimmers in and there wasn’t a lot of space so I was panicking I wouldn’t be able to finish. I was flagging a bit at the end but I did it!

“Everybody has been really supportive with their donations and I’m really pleased.”

Olive swims five times a week after taking up the hobby when she left work to lose weight.

She is a member at the Pool, which also has exercise classes, a sauna, and gym facilities, and she praised their flexible membership packages and sessions.

Cllr Knotts said: “I am very impressed that a lady of her mature years is prepared to go to these lengths to raise money for the chairman’s charities. I am very grateful for the money she has donated.”

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