Success for round the Island swimmers

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

 

Success for round the Island swimmers

The round the Isle of Wight swimmers, who raised money for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

A TEAM of swimmers has celebrated success after swimming around the Isle of Wight at the weekend, in aid of the air ambulance.

Pauline McCracken, 40, Heather Lunt, 36, Ann Brimelow, 66, and Kate Steels-Fryatt, 44, each swam a section of the 56 mile distance, notching up a total time of 24 hours and seven minutes.

Pauline, a director at National Grid, devised the idea with Heather Lunt and Chris Pitman. Chris had to pull out of the challenge after falling ill and needing heart surgery.

Just 24 hours before setting off the group also lost their support crew and boat. Sunsail stepped in after an appeal to loan them a 40 foot yacht.

Pauline said: "It feels amazing, I can’t believe we’ve done it after 18 months of planning.

"The fifth hour in the water was the toughest thing I have ever done. I came out smiling but very emotional."

The team finished in St Helens on Sunday night and have already raised £1,500.

There is still time to donate to via justgiving.com/ladieswotswim

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