Thames Centre politicians pool efforts to raise $10,000 for food bank

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That’s one way to raise some cold cash.

Elected officials in Thames Centre plunged into the frigid waters of Dorchester’s newly renovated public pool for charity Thursday, raising more than $10,000 for the area’s food bank.

“It wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be,” Deputy Mayor Kelly Elliott said after jumping into the 11 C water.

The pool underwent accessibility renovations this summer and was filled last week for testing and staff training.

Elliott saw this as an opportunity to do a “polar bear dip” for charity alongside Mayor Alison Warwick, soliciting donations in exchange for braving the icy waters.

After their initial $1,000 goal was met within hours of launching the fundraiser last week, other officials joined in, including Coun. Tom Heeman and Middlesex County Warden Cathy Burghardt-Jesson.

The Thames Centre food bank, which serves Dorchester and Thorndale, is run by a single volunteer. Elliott said more families have been using its services this year.

“We know how much pressure is on our food bank this year, especially with COVID-19 and the holidays coming up,” she said. “With more families in need, there’s a greater need for those finances.”

As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the group had raised $10,106, and is still accepting donations.

“It makes me feel proud of our community,” Elliott said. “A challenge comes . . . and they step up.”

Max Martin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press