Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Director’s 36-mile canal swim for charity

A WELL-KNOWN North West businessman is to swim the Manchester Ship Canal to Liverpool to raise money for charity – and awareness of his company’s plans for Merseyside.

Peel Holdings’ development director, James Whittaker, aims to complete the 36-mile Ocean Gateway Challenge and launch a £50bn regeneration of the Manchester Ship Canal corridor and Liverpool Estuary areas.

The firm’s ambitious plans include building a number of skyscrapers on both sides of the Mersey in Liverpool and Wirral in a project worth more than £10bn.

Mr Whittaker also aims to raise £250,000 for The New Children’s Hospital Appeal for Manchester, of which Everton FC star Phil Neville and wife Julie are patrons.

He said: “My aim is three-fold. Firstly, the opportunity to raise further funds for The New Children’s Hospital Appeal.

“Secondly, I am looking forward to highlighting the assets of the Manchester Ship Canal through our Ocean Gateway plans.

“The Ocean Gateway is an important development for the North West.

“And finally, to finish the 36 miles would be a massive personal achievement I would be delighted to accomplish.”

Phil Neville said: “We are thrilled James has decided to donate all the funds raised to The New Children’s Hospital Appeal, and wish him the very best of luck.”

Source: Liverpool Daily Post

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