Hucknall Mum to swim across English Channel for Charity

bg2agn3icaaaw9d.jpg-1A Hucknall mum is set to take on two swimming challenges in preparation for her biggest yet as she faces the Channel to raise money for charity.


Kate Long is training to swim the English Channel in August 2015 in aid of Nottingham charity Base51. The 29-year-old will face the testing conditions of the Channel and she will be doing it without a wetsuit.

Her first big challenge will be in September, where she will swim 10 and a half miles across the largest natural lake in the country, Lake Windermere in the Lake District. She will also be undergoing a 24 hour challenge to swim 24 miles in the lead-up to her Channel swim.

Despite the dangers involved, Kate is feeling confident.

“I have got the support of a lot of people around me that have done Channel swims, long distance and open water swims. Just the support from everyone is absolutely amazing, so I am really confident.” – Kate Long.

Janet Lewis, Chief Executive of Base51 say’s that Kate’s progress is an inspiration.

“It is very exciting for us. For young people to see somebody so inspirational doing that work for us and putting that commitment in is just fantastic, so we are hoping it will inspire some of our young people equally to take on some of the challenges that they have” – Janet Lewis, Chief Executive, Base51.

The charity helps 12 to 25-year-olds by providing them with easy access to support services including counselling, housing, health and practical support.

Visit Kate’s blog here.

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