Guildford Lido memorial swim for homeless man
By mattcollison | Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 13:14
DOZENS of swimmers have taken the plunge in memory of a homeless man who died after suffering head injuries.
Homeless people joined Guildford Action and Freedom Leisure staff at Guildford Lido.
The swim was held in memory of David Lucid, 51, who died earlier this month.
Some 56 swimmers took part.
A group of 56 swimmers made an early morning splash at Guildford Lido to pay tribute to David Lido, who died aged 51 earlier this month.
They swam a total of 1,801 lengths - equivalent to crossing the English Channel more than twice - at the fundraiser on August 23.
Swimmers aged seven to 80 were drawn across town to take part, with several people from homeless charity Guildford Action taking to the water.
So far £300 of a £500 target has been raised for the charity, with some of the money to be spent in memory of homeless people who have recently lost their lives.
David 'Davey' Lucid sustained a serous head injury on August 7 in a car park near Chertsey Street, Guildford. He was taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting but died on August 11.
Two days later, on August 13, another homeless man known only as Victor, 31, was found dead in the Onslow Street area.
Both men were regular visitors at Guildford Action's drop-in centre in Leapale Lane.
Joanne Tester, chief executive at Guildford Action said: "The plight of homeless people in Guildford has been headline news for a few weeks now and we were delighted to see people from this community take the initiative to do something positive to raise awareness and funds.
"The aim is to raise £500 and to put some of this money into buying a bench for our memorial garden."
Charlie McCafferty, a fundraiser at Guildford Action, said: "The Lido is very much a community venue and this was a good community event in memory of David Lucid who died recently aged 51yrs old."
Guildford Mayor Jennifer Jordan came to offer her support at the outdoor pool which is run by Freedom Leisure.
Angie Doyle, centre manager at Guildford Lido, said: "The event went amazingly well and we were blessed with fine weather for the early morning swimmers.
"It was a joy to see so many people just turn up and take part. Some swam just one length - others swam close to 100."
Steve May, Freedom Leisure area manager for the Guildford region, said: "There was a great sense of community spirit and I'm proud to have taken part as one of the swimmers."