HIGHLAND Disability Swim Club members were lifted recently after picking up a cheque for £1000 from HSPC (Highland Solicitors’ Property Centre).
The charity was chosen by David Gillie, of Inverness, who won this year’s Gerald Cooper Cup and nominated the club after his nephew Lewis Gallie was helped by their members.
David’s brother Iain passed away last year and he decided to run the Loch Ness Baxters Marathon as a celebration of his brother’s life after running the marathon together many years ago.
He was the first resident of the Highlands to cross the line and that earned him the Gerald Cooper Cup, which is provided by the HSPC and in turn the choice of nominating the charity to receive the cheque.
Josie Aitken, secretary of the Highland Disability Swim Team, and her daughter Laura, a member of the club, came down to HSPC to be presented with the cheque by Sarah Woodcock, HSPC manager, and David.
Josie said: "Fundraising is a huge part of the club activities and we managed to raise £14,000 so that our swimmers could attend the Special Olympics.
"David’s donation will give a much-needed boost to our funds and enable our swimmers to attend competitions in the central belt plus also buy new equipment.
"We would like to say thank HSPC and David for nominating our club."
She added of the club: "In 2005, five swimmers and two coaches headed to Glasgow, as part of the Team Highlands squad, to take part in the Special Olympics.
"Each swimmer came back with a medal and Highland Disability Swim Club was born.
"Then, in 2014, we became a club in our own right, although we still retain our links with Highland Disability Sports.
"We have over 30 members and now have a waiting list.
" We have just returned from the Special Olympics in Sheffield taking a squad of 17 swimmers."