Scarborough nurse has taken the plunge for charity

Caroline Powell, 56, from West Ayton took part in a fundraising event as part of a relay team that swam the English Channel.

Monday, 27th July 2020, 11:59 am
Updated Monday, 27th July 2020, 12:01 pm
Caroline Powell raises money for Aspire.

The swim was organised by a charity called Aspire which support people with spinal cord injuries. The relay team of six each took it in turns to swim for an hour until they arrived in France.

Caroline who is a regular open water swimmer and a member of Sea Swim Scarborough had applied to do the swim a couple of years ago but was unsuccessful due to the number of entrants. She didn’t think any more about it until January when out of the blue she received a call from Aspire asking her if she would like to join the Kookaburras relay team.

The swim was originally scheduled for July 10th but was postponed due to Coronavirus. Keen to stay on track with fundraising effort the team decided to go ahead with the swim on the 10th with each member of the team completing their stage of the swim locally. Caroline started at 6am in South Bay, and swam three-hour long slots throughout the day.

Caroline said “We hadn't trained in the way we should have done due to lock down, but I am very lucky to have the benefit of living in Scarborough and being able to swim in the sea”

After the initial swim in South Bay Caroline raised £700 for Aspire, since swimming the channel on Friday 17th her total is more than £1000. Her goal is to raise £2000 for the charity. If you would like to make a donation you can follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/caroline-powell15