Daring cadets raise £5k by swimming channel - twice
Army cadets from Lincolnshire have taken fundraising to the extreme after swimming the channel - twice.
Four cadets and four adults from the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force swam the channel from Dover on July 15.
But not content with doing it once, they swam it again on Monday, August 6.
It took 18 months to prepare and train for the swims.
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But Second Lieutenant Clare Wookey said they have already raised around £5,000 for charity.
“It’s taken a lot of planning and a lot of risk assessment, but I thought what an opportunity for young people,” she said.
“It’s not something as simple as going for a swim. It takes a whole journey to get there.
“It’s taking people out of their comfort zone, and putting them in cold, cold water.
“When we first start training in open water, it was 6 degrees.”
“The first team went on July 15 and, we had really calm day, the sea was like an oil slick.
“It took us 14 hours 44 mins.
“When team two went on August 6, it took us 19 hours and 26 minutes. The tides kept pushing us back, it was so hard.”
“Thinking about it will start me crying.
“It is been the best thing I have ever done, it gets me quite upset to think it is over.
“It is amazing watching these kids grow and inspiring them to take a path they might not have chosen to take.
“They are a credit to their family, friends, themselves and the cadets.”
The teams raised money for a range of causes including St Barnabas Hospice, Grantham Additional Needs Federation, cancer charity CLIC Sargent and Papworth Hospital.