A GROUP of Sleaford swimmers have raised more than £7,000 for various charities after swimming the English Channel.
The team of Rory Richardson, Shaun Creedon, Pete Dawson, John James, James Hansford and Carol Brinkworth swam the 27 miles from the English coast to the French coast in relay.
Rory said: “The swim was something that we’d all wanted to do but when Shaun Creedon came up with the idea we all jumped at the chance.
“We’ve been training since he came up with the idea in February in various lakes around the country.”
For the Channel challenge each of the team swam for an hour then swapped with the next swimmer and continued to take it in turns until they had completed the 27 miles.
They had to swim without wetsuits and contend with cold water, sea sickness and strong waves crashing into them
Rory added: “We completed the challenge in 15 hours and 50 minutes. We were all elated when we reached the French coast at 1am, especially after having swum the last five hours in the dark.”
Each of the team members raised money for their own personal charities, which included SIDS, Alzheimer’s and Breast Cancer, due to either family members or friends having been affected by these conditions.