Visually-impaired Brent resident, Marcos Sanjurjo, 29, will be taking the plunge to raise money and awareness for his local libraries which have recently been closed.
Marcos, from the College Road area of Kensal Green, will take to the hydrotherapy pool at the Anne Wall day centre, run by the deafblind charity Sense , and will swim 20 lengths (150m) non-stop to make a splash for the Save Brent Libraries Campaign.
Marcos has sight impairment and reduced mobility due to cerebral palsy. Marcos spends weekends volunteering at the pop-up library outside the closed Kensal Rise library, helping local people borrow and return books and talking to members of the community about the Save Kensal Library campaign. Marcos said:
“The library is important to my community. It is somewhere quiet for people to sit, relax, read books, newspapers and use the computers. The vulnerable people in the community need the library, they sometimes can’t afford to buy books, CDs and DVDs so they can borrow them thanks to the library. Some people need the library so they see others and are not alone; other libraries are too far to travel. We need our library!!! It will be difficult to swim 20 lengths of the pool but I’m looking forward to making a splash for a cause I believe in!”
Natasha Koritsas, Marcos’s Key Worker at the Sense centre, will be on hand during the swim. She will support Marcos as he is hoisted out of his wheelchair into the water and will help guide him through the water as he completes the lengths:
“This is a cause very close to Marcos’s heart. Marcos began volunteering his time at the library as soon as he heard about the closures. Marcos is very keen to do the sponsored swim to raise money. We are all very proud of him. GO MARCOS!”
The national deafblind charity Sense runs the Anne Wall Centre in Barnet to provide support to deafblind people from across the area.
To sponsor Marcos, please send donations to: Friends of Kensal Rise Library, 112 Clifford Gardens, Kensal Rise, NW10 5JB