Lee backs splash for cash to help soldiers

Dominic Bottomley, Simon Haigh, Gary Devonport, Matthew Fish are doing a 24 hour swim to raise money for The Soldiers Charity.

Dominic Bottomley, Simon Haigh, Gary Devonport, Matthew Fish are doing a 24 hour swim to raise money for The Soldiers Charity.

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Lee Bullen has found the perfect way to prepare for the big Steel City derby later this month ... by taking to the water.

Now the former Sheffield Wednesday skipper confesses he’s not the best of swimmers but he’s getting ready to lend his support to the ultimate swimathon, 24 hours before the Hillsborough showdown.

Lee and ex-Owls team-mate Michael Johnson will be at Ponds Forge on Saturday, February 25 at 10am for the start of a 24-miles-in-24-hours Swim For Soldiers challenge headed up by Cudworth-based fireman Gary Devonport.

The former soldier and three of his fitness-mad friends, Dominic Bottonley, Simon Haigh and Matthew Fish hope to raise £10,000 for The Soldiers Charity, which helps current and former servicemen and their families.

“I’ve always wanted to get involved a charity event and this swimathon is certainly a very tough one,” said Lee.

“All four lads are really up for it and Michael and I are more than happy to support them in any way we can. It would be great if someone from United could come along as well.

“It’s a tremendous charity and I’ve huge respect for everyone involved with the armed forces.

“I’ll be there at the start and I’ll do a few lengths with them although I’ve got to admit I’m not the best of swimmers. Hopefully it will give them a psychological lift ... and I’ll be back for more later!”

Lee and Michael will be joined by referee Uriah Rennie, former world champion boxer Johnny Nelson and investigative journalist Donal MacIntyre but their swims will not count towards the 24 mile target.

There will be no rest for the swim team after their 24 hour ordeal as they are to be guests of the Owls at the derby.

For more details email Gary at dev4228@hotmail.com, search for Swim For Soldiers on facebook or visit www.justgiving.com/swimforsoldiers to make a donation.