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On 14 July 2013, Susan Taylor lost her life while attempting to swim the English Channel to raise money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

As a group of long distance swimmers, we know the incredible sacrifice that goes into preparing for such a feat, as well as the huge mental and physical challenge of the swim itself. It is incredibly sad when someone pays such a price after giving so much, especially when its in aid of improving the lives of many others.

In memory of Susan, we have formed a team which will aim to complete the world’s longest lake swim by a standard relay team of six. Between our team, we will swim almost 150 miles (240kms) non-stop – involving 14 laps of Lake Windermere. This will be 21 miles (34kms) further than the current record set in 2011. Susan was originally planning to be part of this world record attempt.

The swim is expected to take around 85-90 hours (3.75 days) and each swimmer will swim approximately 25 miles (40kms); which is almost the distance of a marathon.  The water temperature will be around 16 degrees, and no wetsuits are allowed!

The team of swimmers taking on this world record attempt are Bridgette Hobart (USA) and Andrew Koval (Australia), as well as British swimmers Georgina Tuffin, Daniel Bryson, Lisa Auchinvole and Julie Bradshaw. Julie currently holds 20 swimming world records, including a solo butterfly crossing of the English Channel

Any donation is greatly appreciated, and is going to a fantastic cause!

Wish us luck!

Raising money for

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Charity Registration No. 1014051

Just like everyone else, our children need a place to play, laugh and love life. A place where they and their families are cared for and supported. Welcome to Rainbows - the East Midlands' hospice for children and young people. Please support us by taking part in fundraising or making a donation.

Raising money for

Run by Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Charity Registration No. 1014051

Donations 71

Well done Andy and team! Better late than never :)

Donation by Christina & Niall on 28/10/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Great swim Julie and team

Donation by David Snart on 15/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great work you do Julie for Rainbows

Donation by Andrew Paling on 15/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Great swim Julie and team

Donation by Steve Smith on 12/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Julie and the team, fantastic achievement

Donation by David Slater on 11/09/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you for being an amazing team to swim with. Here's to the next one together

Donation by Julie aka Madfish on 06/09/14

£740.00

+ £185.00 Gift Aid

Well done to Julie and her team.

Donation by Julie G, MG Hair & Sherwood House Dental on 06/09/14

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Very well done, very impressive

Donation by Tatiana Poliakova on 03/09/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Stunning feat! I'm consumed with admiration.

Donation by Michael Berry on 02/09/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good effort, well done all.

Donation by Graham Martin on 27/08/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Congratulations Bridgette Hobart and the amazing team! Great job.

Donation by Kelly S. on 20/08/14

$30.00

Well done Georgie!!! Very proud of you, you never fail to impress. Lots of love, Beatrice xxx

Donation by Beatrice on 17/08/14

£5.00

Donation by Richard on 16/08/14

£5.00

Even though we did not achieve the ultimate goal we were definitely on target for success and that in itself is a result. Hope we still get sponsor match! See you on the next one please?

Donation by Greg Rippin (member of support crew) on 15/08/14

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Well done Lisa xx

Donation by Marie Watts on 14/08/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 14/08/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Lisa and team. You're going to smash this!

Donation by Debbie Jackson on 13/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Bridgette, you never cease to amaze me. Good Luck to you and the team. Bob, thanks for all your hard work and keeping everyone safe.

Donation by Arlene on 13/08/14

$25.00

Wishing you the best of luck!

Donation by Susan Farmer on 13/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Inspired.

Donation by Philip Stainsby on 13/08/14

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Bridgette good luck to you and the entire team!

Donation by Lynn Jones on 13/08/14

$40.00

Good Luck Julie.

Donation by Alex crawford on 12/08/14

£50.00

Such a huge challenge and a great cause! Hope everything is going according to plan so far. Best of luck Andrew and to the rest of your team!

Donation by Fred Mereau on 12/08/14

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

A damn hard challenge and a worthy cause. well done!

Donation by Mariana Valle on 12/08/14

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Keep going! Good luck to you and the team. Amazing just to attempt it!

Donation by R Keast on 12/08/14

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£3,252.24
  • Offline donations£2,270.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£5,522.24
  • Gift Aid£647.50

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