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David working up a steam with iron bid

TWO hours ironing would not be most people’s idea of a good time - but that’s what a local 70-year-old volunteered for - at the bottom of a diving pool in full scuba gear!

TWO hours ironing would not be most people’s idea of a good time - but that’s what a local 70-year-old volunteered for - at the bottom of a diving pool in full scuba gear!

Last Saturday Solihull Rotarian David Butler tackled a pile of ironing at the bottom of the three-metre pool at the Aquasport International Centre in Olton.

The challenge helped David get half way towards his £6,000 target for Deptherapy, a charity that treats wounded servicemen.

Solihull’s Mayor, Ian Courts, also took the plunge and was submerged for half an hour.

Falklands veteran Simon Weston visited the dive and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory, also lent his support.

“I was thinking ‘what’s the craziest thing we can do to raise money for this fabulous cause’,” said father-of-two David.

“Instead of throwing myself out a plane, we had the idea of getting me underwater with the ironing board.

“The two hours went by quite fast and it was quite an exhilarating experience.

“I was given a watch to wear and that allowed me to keep in touch with reality.”

David, who is district governor of Rotary 1060, has picked Deptherapy as one of his chosen charities.

It was set up by Fraser Bathgate, a paraplegic who has gone on to become a fully-qualified diving instructor.

David hopes the money raised will allow three wounded soldiers to take Deptherapy treatment in Florida.

“There are many soldiers who are very badly injured and they’re taken out for this,” said David.

“It’s been found that the diving makes a big difference, it gives them their spirit and dignity back.

“I heard that it can take six months off a soldiers rehabilitation.”

 

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