The English Channel is a unique and demanding swim, considered by many to be the ultimate long distance challenge (21 miles). It isn't just the distance that is the challenge, but more, the variable conditions that you are likely to encounter. These may vary from mirror like conditions to wind force 6 and wave heights in excess of 2 metres. The water is cold and swimmers are strongly advised to acclimatize to it. There is a good chance of meeting jellyfish, seaweed and the occasional plank of wood. It is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with 600 tankers passing through and 200 ferries/seacats and other vessels going across daily.
If you would like to sponsor Mrs. Timmins for doing this challenge, your money will go towards supporting and increasing the work of The Hub at Toot Hill school. The Hub is a vital resource for staff and students alike and provides much needed aid to anyone struggling with their mental health. Approximately 120 students currently use the provision giving them access to CAMHs counsellors, school nurses and mentors, as well as providing them with a place to drop in when they feel overwhelmed. Your donation will enable the hub to expand their current provision by running projects such as gardening club, drama workshops, sports activities and craft sessions, all specifically aimed at raising the self-esteem and confidence of the young people who struggle the most. The hub is also working in partnership with the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Support Team to offer an online course for parents.
'Swimming the Channel is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one, and knowing that the sponsorship money will go towards building the mental strength and resilience of some of our most vulnerable students will definitely motivate me to keep swimming!' Mrs T x