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Making a splash for charity.

A FUNDRAISING effort by Birmingham mental health patients went swimmingly.

Members of the Moseley Voles, a swimming group for mental health service users, carers and staff, took part in a three-hour swimathon at the city's historic Moseley Road Baths.

They teamed up with the Moseley Shoals, Birmingham's gay and lesbian swim group, to raise around pounds 2,000, covering more than 20 miles.

The money raised will go towards the groups' use of the 101-year-old facility.

Robin Shepherd, a regular attendee and organiser of the Moseley Voles swimming group, said: "I find swimming extremely therapeutic and the social aspect of the group is excellent.

"I learnt to swim with the group. The event brought two groups together to promote swimming and keeping services close to their communities."

The event was organised by the Positive Mental Health Group, supported by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Positive chairman Faheem Uddin said: "We work extremely hard to promote a more positive image of mental health across Birmingham.

"Events like this really help to raise the profile of mental health and exercise is known to help conditions like stress and depression."

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Date:Jul 22, 2008
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