Last year Neil had a serious operation on his knee which kept him off work for six months. As soon as Neil was mobile again he was determined to get fit and set himself the challenge of doing the Great North Swim. He set goals for his training regime and showed dedication and determination to reach his goal of taking part in the swim. Neil decided that he would also try and raise some money for charity by taking part in the swim. His chosen charity was Cancer Research UK, he obtained sponsors and held a bake sale at work and raised £400. Neil also completed the mile swim in Lake Windermere in 35 minutes and 55 seconds. This is a fantastic testament to his determination to overcome the debilitating problems the operation on his knee caused and a real inspiration to his friends and colleagues.