CLAIRE Wilcock will be taking part in The Great North Swim this Saturday inspired by her late brother-in-law Joseph Carney.

The Joseph Carney Memorial Trust is a St Helens based organisation which aims to help people aged 50 and above who are affected by redundancy and provides help and advice.

Diane Carney, a 47-year-old nurse from Dentons Green created the trust in memory of her husband who died in September 2013 following a battle with depression.

Claire, 42, is originally from West Park but has lived in Belgium for the last 16 years where she works as an EU Aid Projects Advisor.

She explained: "I am so proud of Diane for setting up this charity and would like to raise money to help her with her big hearted project. If I can help just one person and prevent their family from going through the pain that we have suffered following our loss then I would feel an enormous sense of achievement and happy to be contributing proactively to fight against this awful illness.

"Joe was a bit of a daredevil to say the least. he would probably have jumped out of a plane to raise money for charity. I'm too much of a scaredy cat to attempt anything like that so I have chosen to enter The Great North Swim, which is almost as fitting as Joe was also a water baby like me."

The Great North Swim takes place in Lake Windermere and Claire will be tackling the one mile course.

You can sponsor her via her just giving page at

For further information about the trust call 07553091487.