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Kirsten McKenzie

Kirsten's Scary Serpentine Swim

1 mile swim in open water for Turn2us because approx.13 million people live in poverty in the UK

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  • Team members: Mickey Forster
  • Event: Swim Serpentine 2016, 24 Sep 2016 to 25 Sep 2016

Turn2us

We fight poverty by helping people in need to transform their lives and futures.

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For anyone that knows me swimming a mile in open water could end up in calling for the lifeboats!  So it was with some trepidation I agreed (was bullied) into signing up for this 1 mile open water swim.

Four weeks ago I started training for this event which is getting frighteningly close.  My training consists of seeing a personal trainer 5x per week and training in an outdoor pool 2x per week.  In the next week I plan to start training in the Serpentine itself.

I have to be able to complete the mile in under an hour, no easy feat!

So what does a mile of swimming look like?  Your everyday pool is 25 metres per length so to swim one mile you would need to do 64 lengths.  Add to that that this swim will be in open water, with no sides to hold on to for a rest (arghhh) = lots of training required.

I really need your support to raise these funds for the charity Turn2us.

Turn2us supports people in financial hardship to access welfare benefits and grants.  Anyone can find themselves in financial difficulty all it takes is a change in circumstance to make someone's life really difficult.  

Shockingly, and I couldn’t quite believe it the first time I heard this….
the government statistics available show that £16.6 billion - yes that
is BILLION... in benefits and tax credits go unclaimed each year while £331.9 million is available to individuals in the form of grants from
charitable funds.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting regular updates of how the training is going.  It would be great to have your support.

You can read more about Turn2us at this link www.turn2us.org.uk 

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