Em’s Jellyfish Swim Challenge
Swimmer, Emily Hinshelwood is taking on a big swim challenge and needs your help to donate money to help two brilliant refugee organisations in Swansea. On August 1st, Emily plans to swim the 22 miles around the Pembrokeshire coast, starting her swim from Amroth heading to Freshwater East and finishing back at Swanlake Bay.
Swim raising money for fantastic organisations
I’m raising money for 2 fantastic organizations: Unity in Diversity (UiD) and Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group (SBASSG), that provide friendship, support, advice and services to people who have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the UK.”
The sea around Pembrokeshire is currently swarming with jellyfish, yet this, and the fact that she will swim past military zones, let alone navigating the rocky coast itself, is not deterring her.
It’s a big swim for me, and although I’m breaking it up into manageable chunks, I’ll be going around the tricky headlands and rocky outcrops, through Caldey Sound and dealing with the swarms of jellyfish that are invading the Pembrokeshire coast at the moment. I’m getting a bit nervous, but my partner Dan is kayaking alongside me and several friends are planning to swim stretches of it with me, so I’ll have company.”
Inspired by work of Unity in Diversity and Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group
In particular, she is spurred on by the great work of Unity and Diversity and Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group, that provide friendship, support, advice, and services to people who have fled their homes and are seeking refuge in the U.K.
Emily also explained her very personal motivation:
Last September, I lost my closest childhood friend, Rache, and in the same week, my friend Russ, who had coached me in Pontardawe pool for three years; first to swim the Solent, and then the Channel relay. Losing both Rache and Russ affected me profoundly. I learned what it’s like to live with grief. This swim, the distance of the channel is in memory of them both. I’m swimming from Amroth to Swanlake Bay, one of Rache’s favourite beaches. We used to camp there every summer cooking sausages on a fire and getting thrown about in the ‘washing machine’ waves.”
Swim will benefit work nurturing young people
“I’m raising money for a cause close to both Rache and Russ’ heart. They were keen nurturers of young people especially those who’ve suffered from difficult circumstances. All the money I raise will go towards supporting young asylum seekers in Swansea, through the amazing organization Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group.”
Emily is also aiming to keep a blog as she goes around. You can find it here.
“There’ll probably be lots of photos of jellyfish, but I’m trying not to get obsessed about them!”
Sponsor Emily’s swim here
You can sponsor Emily by donating at Em’s Big Pembrokeshire Swim.
Swansea News Network will keep you updated on her progress too!
You may also be interested in reading: Jellyfish strandings in Swansea Bay
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