Hardy team tackles Dee!

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Douneside House in Tarland is preparing to host a charity swimathon in order to raise more than £2,000 for different charities.

Twenty members of staff at the hotel and conference centre, which is run by the MacRobert Trust, will dive headfirst into the site’s pool to swim the equivalent of the length of the River Dee – 87 miles. The task, which involves 11,667 lengths, will take place at Douneside House throughout the whole of February.

The MacRobert Trust is a registered charity in itself but the team will split all the money raised between two charities – the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Cardiology Unit.

The youngest swimmer taking part will be Connie Smith, 6, who has had cardiac treatment and who will complete the last few lengths on February 29.

Organiser, and Douneside House employee, Joanna Fraser said: “We are really keen to raise cash for these great causes and we thought it would be a fantastic idea to tackle the length of the River Dee, which is just on our doorstep. Everyone who is taking part is really excited and looking forward to the task ahead but I’m sure it will be great fun and we hope to raise as much as we can.”

Douneside House is part of the MacRobert Trust – a charity which was founded by Lady Rachel Workman MacRobert. The trust carries out charitable work throughout the year and it has long standing connections with the military, offering serving and retired officers respite and holiday destination throughout the summer. It also carries out work in countryside and farming and offers businesses and individuals the use of conference rooms throughout the winter.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/douneside or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/dounesideswimsthedee .