Just over a year after Joseph died, Neil (Joseph’s father) began to think about ways to help other families.
Even after a torrential down pour, nothing could stop the atmosphere at the Manchester Great Swim. The crowds were supporting the swimmers all the way round the course.
Jane Walker, who did an impressive personal best of 32 minutes really enjoyed the swim, “The crowd really keep you going. I bettered my time from last year by a good 2 minutes and my swim buddy Jon Massey cracked sub 29 minutes which is a great result.”
The waves were running a little behind allocated times, but that didn’t dampen swimmers mood.
Jon Massey said, “We didn’t get time for acclimatisation in the water before our wave, and we were doing the warm ups in the check in queue which was fun. In the end, the water was cool but not cold at 20 degrees. All in all a really enjoyable event and I’ll be back next year along with Jane doing a sub 30!”
Jane, 54, has really been bitten by the swimming bug and has vowed to tour the UK, taking on all five Great Swims next year.
Supporter and husband, John Walker, 56, said, “We’ll have to get ourselves one of those VW Camper Vans as we’ll be doing a fair few miles and Jane wants to do it all for charity. We are all very proud of her.”
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With just under a week to go before the Great Manchester Swim, for Jane Walker, 54, it is time to ‘up’ the training and increase the sponsorship total. What this means is Jane has to swim a mile on Saturday 19th July for little Joseph. She has been taking the plunge every morning before heading to work, instead of her normal three times a week. In the pool at 7 am sharp, things have been going well. Although, according to the local news, there has been quite a bit of traffic build up in the swimming lane. It has taken skill and timing to manoeuvre around obstacles ahead, so good practice for Salford Quays on Saturday.
Jane is counting down, smashing one mile each morning. She swims, does the job well, then jumps into the car for her journey to work, whilst munching away on some mini cereal bites. Jane is hoping to better her personal best from last year’s 35 minutes. Her swimming buddy, Jon Massey, 26, wants to aim for sub 30 minutes. Jane laughs, “If that happens, there will be pink pigs flying over Manchester! Everything has a speed limit and I’m a diesel engine, slow but I can do the miles.”
Jon is confident, “I have recently been getting wetter than the average duck, swimming twice a week as well as other training. We are getting our muscles finely tuned and our minds ready for the icy waters of Salford Quays. Last year was quite a warm day as was the water, so we didn’t really need wetsuits but we have to wear them. I used to swim on national level when I was a teen, but open water is a different game. There are other people in your lane, seaweed and fish all after you!”
On one evening last week, Jane made the mistake of going to bed late. Up bright and early the next morning at 5.45 AM, usual practice for swimming morning, the session was hard work. “It was like swimming through treacle!” exclaimed Jane.
“Only after about 30 lengths, did my energy stores kick in and I managed to complete my mile, with a much needed warm down at the end. That’s my body telling me that I’ve run out of steam! So before the race, the Friday evening will be an early one to bed.”
Open water swimming can be a tactical sport, ” I just wish there was a blue line at the bottom of Salford Quays to follow because most times when I practice ‘sighting’ in the pool to make sure I’m not going to run into anyone or anything I end up swallowing water. I like water, just not keen on chlorine!”, laughs Jane.
One morning for Jane, there was a new swimmer in the lane, some 30 years younger than her. Now, she is one who likes the challenge, so she swam her heart out to keep up with him and he was just a little too quick but Jane refused to quit. Jane thought to herself, “I ache all over now, but this is for little Joseph, must keep going. They say ‘with age comes wisdom’, that was I lesson I obviously didn’t attend!!”
Jane has high hopes for the Great Manchester Swim, “A change in tactics next week I think, fewer sessions, more rest for my muscles. It is such a great venue too, MediaCityUK is an epic backdrop!”
Jon has been taking in top tips from the open water stars, such as Keri-anne Payne, “I’m not shy to take on the fish and the people, it’s the seaweed I worry about. However, I am very excited for the swim and looking forward to smashing last years race time. Make sure you all dig deep for us in your pockets and wallets. Please show us your support by donating to the Joseph Salmon Trust. Thanks, as we will see you at the finish!”
Casino Night kicks off with success as Joseph Salmon Trust hits the charity fundraising jackpot. With outstanding support for the fifth annual Vegas themed event, the guests were set for a real treat. A friendly greeting at the door by the trusts founders, Mr and Mrs Salmon sporting fun stickers of Joseph’s little face, an order of the evening and six chips – five £10 chips and one £50 chip. And you could buy more chips to increase your pot, yet no gravy included.
Music playing in the background as you make way to the bar area, where you discover a bright young woman, Anna Geary, singing away with one extraordinary voice. The equally talented guitarist, Andy Millar, accompanied Geary, adding an acoustic spellbinding sound, both setting the tone nicely.
In a true Yorkshire fashion, a ‘reet’ good time was definitely had by all, raising over £1000 during the event. Many posed for a pound with a fun photo booth curiosity of Anna Wood photography. Props included.
The Huddersfield community coming together to cook up a storm with ten slow cookers bubbling away. Offering various recipes of chilli con carne and fiery chicken curry and a side of soft pitta bread to soak up the juicy goodness. The Joseph Salmon Trust did not take a gamble on the food and the Chefs’ for the evening were working their magic with all the diners under their spell. The dessert was no pot luck either and if you have a sweet tooth, the gooey centred brownies were specially baked for the event. One word, heavenly! Vanilla custard filled doughnuts sprinkled with sugar also hit the spot.
Compère Dave Laidlaw caused fits of laughter by doing his best Brian Potter impression. Rolling out the gags and keeping all entertained through the course of the night. The roulette table was mainly managed by Eve Salmon, 7, and Lydia Salmon, 10, was keeping order with the food grazers. The black jack dealer donned his table, raking in the house winnings.
The event success was thanks to our much valued sponsors: Grosvenor Casino, Huddersfield, Hilton Hotels, Recoco and the March Liberal Club. Also, to the people who helped make the event an all round brilliant experience.
Many did not come away with much money left in their pockets, which is what is suppose to happen when one is gambling, right? All the cash raised goes straight to where it is needed most, the families supported by the Joseph Salmon Trust. So, practice those poker faces and betting strategies, until next time!
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