Stutton: Wattisham-based soldier prepares for Great Swim challenge in aid of Royal British Legion

Wattisham Soldier Mark Owen who is taking part in five Great Swims across the country in aid of the

Wattisham Soldier Mark Owen who is taking part in five Great Swims across the country in aid of the Royal British Legion. Pictured at Alton Water

DIVING in at the deep end, one Suffolk soldier is preparing to make a splash for charity.

Lance corporal Mark Owen of the Adjutant General’s Corps, based at Wattisham airfield, is preparing to take on the five Great Swims across the UK, including the Great East Swim at Alton Water next month.

The 31-year-old’s aim is to raise more than £1,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL).

“Due to an injury sustained while training in Germany, I can only swim and cycle to stay fit,” he said.

“After taking part in the Great East Swim last year, I was hooked on open water swimming.

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“The RBL have helped me and my friends over the years so I thought I would combine the desire to repay the help I received and my new love for open water swimming.

“The charity has supported me and helped me through various bits and pieces when I was injured.”

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But L/Cpl Owen said the charity’s work goes far beyonf helping just serving servicemen and women.

“They provide a huge support to servicemen, but they are also there for families.

“There are so many ways they can help, their service is invaluable. They are a massive support network.”

L/Cpl Owen has raised around £400 so far but hopes to pass the £1,000 mark.

He will take on all five of the Great Swims at Salford Quays in Manchester, Royal Victoria dock in London, Lake Windemere in the Lake District, Alton Water and Loch Lomond in Scotland.

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