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In June 2020 I will be greasing myself up, packing my passport and attempting to swim 21 miles across the busiest shipping channel in the world, from England to France and complete an officiated swim with the Channel Swimming Association in aid of The British Horse Society.
Actually, it's closer to 28 miles with the tides, and in case you are interested, i'm only allowed to wear a normal swimming costume, one swim cap, and a pair of goggles. At some point I will be swimming through the night in the dark, the salty water will be a cold (circa 15 degrees) and with the temperatures of our seas rising there are likely to be quite a few rogue jellyfish floating around on route. That and anything else you randomly bump into in the dark in the English Channel. It could take anything between 7 and 28 hours (yes that's non stop swimming, having feeds off a fishing line or pole and net as you're not allowed to touch the boat), and it won't be completed until I find french ground, if I have anything left in my legs, scramble rocks or shore and stand clear of the water.
More people have conquered Everest.
The training for this will be long and grueling. This winter while you may be in an office with a warm coffee, I will be kicking my heels off to run through wind and rain on my lunch break and swimming miles, over silent hours in the late evenings.
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I have been a horse rider since the age of 7, a member of The British Horse Society for 21 years and proud to have worked for the charity for 14 years. I am Senior Executive of the fantastic Access & Rights of Way team, who work to ensure equestrians have safe places to ride and carriage drive off road wherever they live throughout the UK, crucially saving lives and ensuring people have places to enjoy their horses, ride their bicycles and walk or use mobility vehicles.
The BHS is an outstanding charity, I work closely with my colleagues and our hundreds of volunteers and groups daily to ensure the industry has high standards of education making equestrian welfare and safety paramount in all areas, delivering professional coaching of the highest standards globally, and successfully lobbying government for change on our campaigns that really make a difference for the future of horses and those who enjoy them.
The BHS Changing Lives through Horses programe aims to improve the lives of disengaged young people, regardless of their background, and give them the opportunity to develop skills that enable them to return to education and/or employment.We aim to celebrate the powerful impact that horses can have on our society and the unique development of life skills which can help young people for the rest of their lives.
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