Six Heroic Women Swim The Channel In Support Of Women’s Aid NEL

Back to News & Events
Six Heroic Women Swim The Channel In Support Of Women’s Aid NEL
Category: News

Six Heroic Women Swim The Channel In Support Of Women’s Aid NEL

Grimsby and Cleethorpes Water Rats Cross Channel Relay Team

It all started with… ‘would you like to come to France with me… but by the way, we will be swimming it!’.

When team captain Denise had the idea to swim the channel, she couldn’t have possibly known what lay ahead but with amazing support from friends at the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Water Rats, building a team of six swimmers and two long years of training and preparation, the dream came true.

The group aimed to raise £500 for Women’s Aid NEL and they absolutely smashed their target, with over £4000 raised so far and you can still add to their total until Sunday 14th July.

So if you haven’t already sponsored them, now’s the time to recognise their amazing achievement, having completed the swim on Monday 24th June, taking 13 hours 56 minutes in total.

Well done ladies…   Sponsor/Donate Here

The first swimmer entered the water at 1am, after an aborted attempt the day before, which had to be postponed due to rough weather but on the second attempt the weather gods blessed them once they started and the sea was much calmer.

Swimmer entering the water at night

Weather isn’t the only danger for Channel swimmers, the water is extremely cold and the Strait of Dover is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and the swim isn’t a simple straight line swim, taking the shortest route across the ground, as due to changing tidal streams, the swimmers cover much more ground that you might expect.

The chart image below describes the route the swimmers actually took.

Cross Channel Swim Route

The challenge is a huge feat of both physical and mental strength, with training having taken place in both open waters and Grimsby Docks, during some of the coldest months and terrible weather conditions.

Each team member had to complete a 2-hour endurance swim before they could qualify to make the attempt and training took place both in daylight and hours of darkness, as the attempt would start at 1 o’clock in the morning in the pitch darkness of the Strait of Dover.

Added psychological stresses occur when team members have to reenter the water for a second swim, after previously leaving the water, very cold, shivering and bodies then recovering before commencing their second swim. All these occurrences have to be practised and trained for previously.

Here at Women’s Aid NEL, we can only imagine what these ladies have endured over the past 2 years and most importantly last Monday, 24th June, when they entered the water in the pitch darkness and completed their heroic challenge in just under 14 hours.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your courage, strength and not least the time you have put into raising this fantastic amount of money for Women’s Aid, to support the work we do with women and families, survivors of domestic abuse.

And if you would like to join us in celebrating their achievement, there’s still time to pledge your support, by donating below, before the 14th of July and making their achievement even more amazing.

Ladies, we salute you!

Donate/Sponsor Here

Grimsby and Cleethorpes Water Rats Channel Swim Relay Team

Share this post

Back to News & Events