Determined Deborah swam for 7 hours, 18 minutes and 47 seconds in an average temperature of 16.5C from Hill Head Sailing Club in Fareham to Ryde and then back to Hill Head on Sunday 6th September.
She followed Channel Swimming Association Rules and wore only a swimming costume, hat and goggles which offered no thermal protection or buoyancy while completing the feat, which she named Quantum of Solent 2 – Return of the Tide. This is an inaugural swim and she hopes it will be ratified by the British Long Distance Swimming Association as a first.
Last year Deborah completed a one-way 7.5 mile sea swim but in a bid to test herself further she doubled the distance by tumble turning at Ryde and swimming back to Hill Head again.
Deborah, 46, of Lee-on-the-Solent, said:
“I support Canine Partners because I see how it can change people’s lives for the better. I swim to help others, and when it gets painful, which it did, I think of people who are worse off than myself and it gives me the courage to go on knowing that what I am doing may go to help them in some way.
“I nearly gave up several times when the waves were so big I couldn’t see any land, only my safety boat.”
Canine Partners, which receives no government funding and relies solely on donations, is dedicated to transforming the lives of people with physical disabilities by training dogs to help with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible, including opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons, and fetching help in an emergency.
If you would like to support Deborah’s challenge and donate to Canine Partners and Cancer Research UK please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/DeborahHerridge.
Deborah has also supported the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation and raised nearly £1,000: www.justgiving.com/Deborah-Herridge.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me and donated to the three charities for which I am raising money.”
For further information on how you can help Canine Partners by taking on a challenge, fundraising, volunteering and much more please contact 08456 580480 or visit caninepartners.org.uk.