Local fund-raiser’s challenge called off

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AN ARBROATH fund-raiser’s attempt at completing an open water swim for charity on Saturday was dashed after the event was called off.

Hamish Fairweather was due to take part in the Great Scottish Swim in aid of the CAFE Project’s Street Games for All initiative, but it was cancelled due to high levels of bacteria in the water at Strathclyde.

The initiative sees a portable pitch set up in schools and parks for children to play football.

The youth worker had been looking forward to the two-mile swim and has previously competed in many swimming races across the Tay.

And he was understandably disappointed the race was called off, commenting: “I am gutted as I have been training for three months for this race but it is just one of those things.”

However, he still swam the distance by completing a two-mile swim at Arbroath Sports Centre on Thursday and has still raised £1,300.

He added: “I was sponsored to raise funding for the Street Games For All so I swam the two miles at Arbroath Sports Centre on Thursday so at least I have covered the distance.

“I have raised £1,300 so far which is excellent and a big thank you to all my sponsors.

“I will enter again next year and hopefully I will be luckier then!”