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Emily Hinshelwood

I'm swimming 22 miles around Pembrokeshire to raise money for asylum seekers in Swansea - in memory of Rachael Dougherty and Russ Ward.

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Last September I swam a channel relay to raise money for Aspire - motivated by the courage and stamina of my friend Rache, who was paralysed by a spinal illness; I was coached by my friend Russ, with his weekly torturous swim drills. On the day of the swim it all began well, - the sun shining, the sea calm. But just three miles before we reached France, the swell swelled, the waves thrashed, and the pilot aborted the swim.
Three days later, I had the devastating news that Rache had unexpectedly died. The disappointment of the channel evaporated. Rache, my closest friend since childhood, a constant inspiration to me - her death seemed inconceivable. The following week, Russ had a sudden heart attack and also died. My motivator for three years, coaching me first to swim the Solent and then the Channel. The combination of losing both friends felt like the world had ended.

Both Rache and Russ were keen nurturers of children and young people, especially those who have suffered difficult circumstances. I’m swimming this year in memory of them.

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Em's Big Pembrokeshire Swim

I’m raising money for Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group, a fantastic organization. ( Every penny I raise will go towards supporting children and young people who have had to flee their homes.
I'm swimming 22 miles (the equivalent of the Channel) from Amroth to Freshwater East in Pembrokeshire and finish back at Swanlake Bay, one of Rache’s favourite beaches.
I’ll start on the 1st August (weather permitting) and continue on every fine day until I finish. Dan will kayak alongside me. He’s hoping to catch fish along the way and cook up fresh bass on a fire in the evenings. Yum.
Here's a link to my blog where I shall chart my progress.
If anyone would like to join us in swimming, kayaking or just enjoying the Pembrokeshire coast, get in touch….
Oh and Please sponsor me :-)
I'm trying to keep a blog of the trip:

Event date

01-August-2017 00:00  - 
05-September-2017 00:00

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Fantastic achievement!
Donation by Derek and Felicity
on 17-09-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 15-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Congrats on a truly great achievement.
Donation by Russell Holden
on 06-09-2017
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Em!! Sorry to donate so late!!
Donation by Anonymous
on 06-09-2017
£2.50 gift aid
Hi Em. Sorry I can't afford more than this right now but WELL DONE and I hope we can swim together sometime soon, I'd love that!
Donation by Kate K
on 05-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Vicky Goodban
on 04-09-2017
£5.00 gift aid
Brill idea, congrats!
Donation by Steff & Nina from Switz
on 03-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
I remain in awe of a massive achievement. A great job done in memory of some lovely people.Lots of love the Brussels contingent
Donation by Elin, Gwyd, Mari a Fflur
on 03-09-2017
£0.00 gift aid
Thank you
Donation by Mike Grenville
on 31-08-2017
£7.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 31-08-2017
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £3,300.60
Offline Donations: £1,200.00
Total Raised: £4,500.60
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £5,104.49

Donations closed

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