Progress update: Em’s Jemboree swimming challenge
Emily Hinshelwood has let us know how her swimming challenge in aid of asylum seekers in Swansea is going. We are pleased to let readers, future sponsors and those who have already sponsored her know that she is doing very well. All this, despite the challenge of difficult conditions for communication between her and her kayaking husband, the sheer distance, brushes with bulky barrel jellyfish and choppy seas!
Swimming with dolphins
She passed on this message late on Sunday afternoon 6th August :
Just to let you know the swim is going well – plenty of jellyfish! but also some dolphins, and a poisonous Weever Fish.”I’m staying in Swanlake bay with no electricity or wifi but have a day of no swimming today due to the conditions.”
Swimming with Weever fish
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.”
Swimming with friends
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.”
Read Em’s Swim Blog
Emily has written some fascinating blog posts about her journey so far. You can read them here: Jellyfish Jemboree in support of asylum seekers in Swansea. She is back in the water swimming today as this post is published. You may wish to consider sponsoring her swim and can do so on the same website. Swansea News Network wishes her the best of luck!
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