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Take the Crisis 10 Minute Challenge

Crisis Skylight Oxford is calling for keen open water swimmers to take on the 10 Minute Challenge at the Crisis Summer Swim this June, raising funds to support its services for homeless people.

The Crisis Summer Swim will take place at Queenford Lakes near Oxford on Saturday 6 June from 11am. Swimmers will be sponsored to complete a set distance of their choice in less than 10 minutes, with the charity recommending a 450m dash for experienced entrants.
Regional Fundraising Executive Sara Hunt said: “We’re also welcoming swimmers who just want to have a bit of fun and support our work across the county, so we will be encouraging people to simply jump in and splash about. Fancy dress is optional but highly recommended – there will be prizes!”
Participants will be able to make use of the on-site sauna and hot tub, while there will also be a packed programme of food, music and family fun for spectators. Professional open water coach Ali Hollest of Hollest Coaching will also be giving support and warm-up on event day, along with offering a pre-event training session for anyone looking to learn more about outdoor swimming.
The money raised from the event will support Crisis’ work with homeless people in Oxford, where rough sleeping has risen substantially in recent years and by 38 per cent in the last year alone. Every £100 raised will meet the cost of giving a homeless person CV advice, work experience and support with course fees. Last year, the charity helped 73 people in the area into work – often a major step in the journey away from homelessness.
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