Jason Done Takes the Plunge at the Great Manchester Swim
On Saturday 19th July
Waterloo Road actor, Jason Done, took the plunge for Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital Charity at the Great Manchester
Despite the torrential rain, and
the far from ideal swimming conditions, charity patron, Jason
completed the 1 mile open water swim at Salford Quays with no
problem at all. Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity was an
official partner of The Great Manchester Swim with competitors
taking on a unique dock to dock course.
Before the swim, Jason, from
Worsley and now living in Marple Bridge, said: "I'm not a great
swimmer but I wanted to challenge myself. I'm fairly fit and do
boxing and boot camps and have been practising in my local
All the practice seemed to have paid off with him completing the
swim in an impressive 35 minutes. Sporting a wetsuit kindly donated
by Aquasphere, Jason swam front crawl for the duration of the
Prior to the event, Jason, currently filming a two-part series
of Lewis alongside actor Kevin Whately, received tips from the top
about technique and diet for his challenge from Olympic swimming
champion, Rebecca Adlington.
During Jason's training in the run up to the event, at Royles in
Wilmslow, Rebecca Addlington commented:
"Jason's in good shape and is more than capable of completing
the mile. I'm not saying he won't get tired but it's about
confidence and belief.
"The Great Manchester Swim is a fun challenge and I admire
anyone planning to take part this year. The event is suitable for
swimmers of all abilities and the Royal Manchester Children's
Hospital is a fantastic cause close to my heart."
Cath Tyldesley, this year's Great Swim ambassador, was also due
to complete the swim for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Charity but unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute due to
a shoulder injury.
The actress, who plays, Eva Price in Coronation Street was still
there to support her boyfriend Tom Pitford who was also swimming
for the charity. Both have already raised an impressive amount of
money for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity.
Previously speaking about the challenge, Cath said:
"I love to set myself challenges and I've done a lot of work
with Manchester Children's Hospital, so hopefully I can raise a lot
of money for that. It's a charity that's close to my heart."
Jason Done added:
"I've been a patron of the RMCH Charity for a number of years
and I hope the support from the Great Manchester Swim makes a
difference to thousands of children.
"Before the swim a friend told me the water at Salford Quays is
very clean, though 10 years ago if you'd said you were taking a dip
in there you might have feared about coming out of there alive!" he
Hannah Thomas, Events and PR Manager for Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, added:
"After completing the swim myself I know how much of a challenge
it was, especially in the terrible weather. We really appreciate
all Jason and Cath's hard work in the run up to the swim; their
fundraising means a huge amount to the charity.
It is a fantastic event to be part of and I would encourage
anyone with an interest in swimming to consider taking part next
year. This year we had a record number of swimmers raising money
for RMCH Charity and we hope to increase this further in the
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity raises funds to
ensure continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of children each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
The Charity has three main areas of work:
- to support research projects to improve our understanding of
- to help to create an environment that's more
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and
To find out more about the Great Manchester visit www.greatswim.org.