An Amersham resident of 35 years is swimming an entire mile underwater to raise money for a local community centre.
Peter Schweiger, 75, has been swimming several lengths underwater every week in an attempt to reach a mile overall.
His goal is to raise £640 for The Fourth Feathers Youth & Community Centre, located near Marylebone Railway, which has around 500 members from 56 nationalities.
Peter, who used to live in Marylebone, is a member of the Rotary Club of St. Marylebone, which often supports the youth and community centre.
He explained: “I have seen a lot fantastic work the group does for people who are new to this country.
“They often come here without many possessions and don’t get the help they need to adjust. The centre helps children and parents learn English and find their feet here.”
Peter, who has been a keen swimmer since he was a child, does one 25-meter length across the pool underwater at a time before coming up for air.
He’s been doing a couple of lengths three times a week since late April and says that pacing himself is key.
He explained: “Twenty-five metres at a time is comfortable – anything beyond that and people tend to pass out.
“There is a lifeguard at the pool I go to who knows that I’m doing this, so he keeps an eye out. I enjoy it so much that I may even do an extra mile when the challenge is over.
“I’ve raised £190 so far, for which I’m very grateful, but I hope I can get to my £640 target. Though, it would be quite nice to end up at Captain Tom’s level too!”
To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/peter-schweiger-1