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Doing the ironing - underwater

IF you find the ironing hard work, imagine trying to do it at the bottom of a diving pool - in full scuba gear.

IF you find the ironing hard work, imagine trying to do it at the bottom of a diving pool - in full scuba gear.

Later this month Solihull Rotarian David Butler, pictured, will be doing just that, joined underwater by two mayors and a well-known war hero.

On May 14, the 70-year-old will spend two hours beneath the surface at the Aquasport International Centre, in Olton.

Also taking the plunge will be Solihull’s Mayor, Ian Courts, Birmingham Lord Mayor, Len Gregory, and Falklands veteran Simon Weston.

It’s hoped the challenge will raise £6,000 for Deptherapy, a charity that treats servicemen injured in action.

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

“Instead of throwing myself out a plane, we had the idea of getting me underwater with the ironing board. I’ve only been down in the pool once, but there’s lots of people who know what they’re doing.

“They’ve said they’ll plug the power in if I’m a naughty boy.”

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.

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

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

* For more information about the challenge, log on to www.1060.org.uk.

 

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