Property professionals undertake marathon swim in Loch Lomond

Colin Lavety, Barton Willmore’s planning director and Paul McGuire, commercial manager at Morris & Spottiswood, have raised over £5,000 for two Scottish charities by undertaking a 22.6-mile swim, covering the length of Loch Lomond.

Property professionals undertake marathon swim in Loch Lomond

Paul McGuire and Colin Lavety

Colin Lavety raised over £2,700 and swam for Accord Hospice, a charity providing palliative and end of life care to people living with or affected by a life-limiting illness in Renfrewshire and parts of East Renfrewshire.

Colin’s good friend and fellow swimmer, Paul McGuire, raised another £2,500 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health. The charity works with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others.

Colin said: “This was quite possibly the biggest challenge of my life, as we had previously only swam as far as ten miles in our training programme. At the end of the day though, all of the pain of swimming 13 hours from Balloch to Ardlui was worth it given how much we have raised and the benefit it will bring to the Accord Hospice.”

Paul said: “Swimming over 22 miles was always going to be a massive challenge for us both, and swimming in cold water for such a long period of time with difficult weather conditions at certain points of the swim only adds to the challenge. Having successfully completed the swim we certainly feel an amazing sense of achievement on a personal level but are also grateful to everyone who has donated so much towards two great charities in the process.”

Stopping hourly only for a short food and drink intake, the 22.6-mile swim is the equivalent of covering 1,400 lengths of a standard 25-metre pool and eclipses the distance of 21 miles to cross the English Channel.

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