Grandma out to make a big splash for charity

Carol Mills ahead of the 2009 Great North Swim at Windermere. She is now preparing for the Great Scottish Swim for charity.

Carol Mills ahead of the 2009 Great North Swim at Windermere. She is now preparing for the Great Scottish Swim for charity.

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A GRANDMOTHER is out to make a big splash for charity.

Carol Mills took part in the Great North Swim at Windermere in 2009 to raise money for Diabetes UK after her grandson Alexander was diagnosed with the condition.

Now, two years on from completing the one-mile swim alongside thousands of others, she is now taking part in the Great Scottish Swim this weekend at Strathclyde Country Park.

Carol, of Colston Way, Whitley Bay, is hoping to beat the £500 she raised by doing the 2009 swim, and she has been regularly swimming more than 100 lengths at a time at Tynemouth Pool as part of her preparations.

She said: “Everyone said that swimming would help with my osteoarthritis, so I started swimming regularly.

“I heard about the Great North Swim from a friend and, after reading and thinking about it, I signed up for the 2009 event at Windermere.

“This year, I’m raring to go swimming the 1.2 miles along Strathclyde Loch, near Glasgow.

“I’m still nervous and excited.”

Carol said that 11-year-old Alexander is her inspiration because of the way he has coped since being diagnosed with type-one diabetes four years ago and having to inject himself regularly with insulin.

To sponsor Carol, visit www.justgiving.com/Carol-Mills2