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At 70, Terry goes to great lengths for Haiti

PUBLISHED: 15:53 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

A PENSIONER has completed 100 lengths of a swim pool in a bid to raise more than £1,000 for the Haiti appeal. Terry Crisp, 70, from

A PENSIONER has completed 100 lengths of a swim pool in a bid to raise more than £1,000 for the Haiti appeal.

Terry Crisp, 70, from St Paul's Cray, decided he had to do something to help people suffering in the poverty-stricken country hit by a deadly earthquake on January 12.

He finished the fundraising challenge last Friday after spreading the lengths - swimming butterfly stroke - over five days. Apart from the time in the pool he spent seven or eight hours a day in reception at The Walnuts leisure centre, in Lych Gate Road, Orpington, gaining sponsorship.

The retired PE teacher said: "The public have reacted very well. I am hoping to get to four figures.

"The whole idea was to catch the public's attention because butterfly is the hardest swimming stroke. I am quite fit but it has been tiring.

"But I knew I had to do it because so many people had sponsored me.

"The need is great, the need is obvious. We have all seen the images on television.

"I knew where Haiti was before this happened and that it was a very poor country. I felt like I had to do something."

Mr Crisp, who normally visits the leisure centre about three times a week, has done fundraising for charities in the past, particularly those that support needy children.

He added: "I've had great support from the management here."

Walnuts leisure centre duty manager Chris Clark said: "He's been here everyday doing his butterfly strokes. It's very inspirational. He has done a great job."

The Times has reported in depth the efforts of charity worker Carwyn Hill, from West Wickham, who set up the Haiti Hospital Appeal before the disaster and who remains on the island, giving aid to those who need it.

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