TWO care assistants dived into a fundraising event in aid of home residents and two charities.

Alison Brass and Amanda Molloy, who work at HC-One’s Lothian House Care Home, in Spennymoor, formed the Lothian Girls team for Spennymoor Leisure Centre's Swimathon 2019 on Sunday.

The annual event, organised by The Lions Club Darlington and The Rotary Clubs of Sedgefield, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor, supported the Alzheimer’s Society and Marie Curie this year. Teams could also nominate a good cause of their own to raise funds for.

The Lothian Girls completed 134 lengths in 55 minutes, raising £520– £260 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Marie Curie and £260 for the residents of Lothian House.

Mrs Molloy said: “There was originally four of us in the team, but two had to withdraw at the last minute due to injuries, but they had done a good job helping Alison Brass and myself to get sponsors in for our team effort. On behalf of all the Lothian Girls team I would like to thank everyone that sponsored us. It is very much appreciated.”

The home's residents' activities co-ordinator, Edith Smith, said: “Both Alison and Amanda did amazingly and the £260 that the whole Lothian Girls team raised will really be of benefit to our residents and I thank them for their hard work."