Mary’s in the swim at nearly 90 raising funds for our hospice

Swim: Mary Armitage is having a 90th birthday swim for Overgate Hospice
Swim: Mary Armitage is having a 90th birthday swim for Overgate Hospice

SHE is nearly 90 but that hasn’t stopped Mary Armitage plunging into Brighouse Pool to raise funds for Overgate Hospice.

The former Mayoress of Calderdale has raised thousands for charities over the years through sponsored swims and walks.

Mrs Armitage, of Hipperholme, has also encouraged others to join her and after a charity swim 10 years ago she said she would repeat the feat for her 90th birthday.

And, she says, somewhat unfortunately, she has been reminded of that pledge!

So, on May 14, at 1.30 pm, she will be swimming 10 lengths for the Elland hospice and invites others to join her.

Her birthday is in October but she wanted to get the challenge out of the way while the weather was better.

“When I did my 80th swim 11 people came and we enjoyed it so much - but I never thought I would get to 90 and they have held me to another swim,” she said.

Joining her will be her son, Christopher, 61, of Cheshire.

Her daughter, Helen, 55, is a day patient at Overgate and Mrs Armitage said she was aware of the wonderful staff and care given there.

Mrs Armitage attends keep-fit classes, plays bowls during the summer, enjoys puzzles, holidays, and until two years ago played table tennis.

“I think you need to keep exercising and I exercise my brain as well as I like to play bridge.”

She was born in Halifax and for 30 years was a health visitor and school nurse.

Her late husband Edward Armitage was a former Brighouse councillor. She was mayoress in 1987/88 partnering the late Coun Wilfred Sharp.

“I won’t be saying I will be doing another swim when I’m 100 - just in case!” said Mrs Armitage.

She can be contacted on 01422 201324.