Swimmers take to open seas for lifeboat charity
DOZENS of hardy swimmers are to brave the open seas of the Bristol Channel to raise money for the RNLI.
The annual Weston-super-Mare Big Swim, now in its eighth year, is on September 9 and will see fundraisers take part in a 2.5 mile swim across Weston Bay.
Swimmers will be taken to the end of Brean Down at 10.30am and swim to Anchor Head on the north Weston shore. It had been planned to hold the event in August, but it had to be postponed after issues with sourcing sufficient safety kayaks.
It is expected the challenge will take between 45 and 90 minutes depending on the individual entrant.
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Anyone interested in taking part in the challenge must be a strong swimmer with experience of swimming in the sea and agree to raise sponsorship money for the RNLI.
The swim has raised £25,000 since it started eight years ago and last year the group of eight swimmers raised £5,000 for the charity.
Those wanting to sponsor a swimmer can do so by visiting www.just giving.com/teams/bigswim2012. RNLI lifeboat operations manager, Pete Holder, said: "We are a volunteer service completely dependent on donations and legacies to continue our work.
"This money will help in our rig rigorous training of the volunteers who man our lifeboats."