PETE Pealing fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he went diving with sharks – raising hundreds of pounds for an Ellesmere Port- based charity in the process.
The Great Sutton resident took the plunge at the town’s Blue Planet Aquarium, raising £420 for Youth Federation.
Pete, who is community initiatives manager at Cheshire Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, was forced to delay his dive when a stingray decided to give birth to seven young in the tank, which kick started the sharks’ defensive instincts. Once the staff felt it was safe, Pete joined them in the tank.
He said: “I have worked closely with the Youth Federation in my role at Cheshire Peaks & Plains and have been really impressed with the work they do to help young people.
“I wanted to try and do something myself to raise money for this great cause so I thought this dive would be a bit unusual.
“Despite a slightly scary start I’m really pleased it went so well and would like to thank everyone who supported and sponsored me.”
Based in Ellesmere Port, Youth Federation supports young people throughout Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral.
It delivers projects addressing the needs of disadvantaged young people aged between five and 25.
The charity needs to raise more than £1m each year to continue and relies on businesses and individuals for support.
A spokesman said: “All staff and young people at Youth Federation would like to thank Pete very much for his support and would now like to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.
“Swimming with sharks for Youth Federation enables the participant to dive for free once they have raised the minimum sponsorship.”
For more information about Youth Federation or swimming with sharks, call Lauren Davies on 0151 357 1971 or email email@example.com.