Janet’s 100-length challenge raises funds for wheelchair rugby

A lifelong Bristol Rugby supporter has raised more than £2,400 for the Community Foundation’s newly-formed wheelchair rugby clubs by swimming 100 lengths of Bradley Stoke Sports Centre swimming pool.

Janet Marks, who has been a Bristol supporter for 45 years, swam 1.55 miles to raise funds for the Bristol Bears and Cubs – as well as for a charity concert: ‘Daz’s Rock 4 Charity’ which is supporting local charity, Project Brailler.

The gruelling challenge took place on Wednesday, October 11th – and Janet says she is delighted to have helped out two fantastic causes.

“It was more difficult than I thought,” she said. “I had swum 100 lengths the previous week in preparation - but on the day, I felt so stressed and tense and my muscles didn't want to cooperate.

“I think I felt under pressure to deliver because so many people had been so kind and supportive with donations and help, that I felt I really owed them all to do it and was worried I wouldn't.

“I am gob smacked at the amount raised to date. It will be a great help, I am sure, to the wheelchair teams and Project Brailler.”

Janet Marks

Bristol Bears Wheelchair Rugby Club – in partnership with Premiership Rugby, Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and Comic Relief - is open to physically disabled men and women over the age of 16. The club caters for all abilities, from beginners to elite level stars and training is Thursday nights (7:30-9:30pm) at Ashton Park Sports Centre. 

The club’s junior section – The Cubs - train on Thursday nights (5-7pm) at the same venue.

For more information, email Kris Tavender (ktavender@bristolrugby.co.uk). 

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