First Channel relay for Havens Hospices

A team of swimmers have successfully completed a Channel relay in aid of Havens Hospices, the first time the charity has offered a cross Channel swim as one of its challenges.

George Baker, Caroline Maguire, Michael Crabb, Mike Jordan, Claire Woodward and Morgan Reddish hope to raise over £7,500 for Havens Hospices which incorporates Fair Havens for adults in Westcliff and Little Havens for children in Thundersley. Both hospices provide respite, symptom management and end of life care to those with life-limiting illnesses across Essex.
“We trained for about nine months throughout the winter so the water wasn’t as cold as we had been training in which was good,” says Mike Jordan, a member of Chalkwell Redcaps Swimming Club. “The swim went well although we got caught in a thunderstorm half way through which was interesting! Towards the end the tide changed and we really had to fight through every metre but I think I would do it again, after I’ve had a rest!”
Havens Hospices Event Fundraiser Emma Hamilton says, “I am so proud of the team for completing the cross channel swim. It is a huge challenge and it depends a lot on the weather but luckily it held out long enough for them to complete it. We hope to get another team together to follow in their footsteps next year.”
For more information on this and other challenge events taking place for Havens Hospices

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