Dorchester swimmers take on English Channel from back garden

Dorchester swimmers take on English Channel from back garden

Published by George Sharpe at 2:57pm 27th May 2020.

Two young Dorchester swimmers are challenging themselves to swim the English Channel from a pool in their back garden.

Ethan, 13, and Niamh, 11, are doing the challenge to raise money for Age UK, North, South and West.

They'll swim it in their small pool measuring 3m x 2m for about 14 hours, which is the time it takes to cross the channel.

The siblings will take it in turns to complete the challenge over a few days.

They'll use a bungee rope that's attached to the wall to keep them in place while they swim the distance.

The siblings came up with this idea on their own and wanted to do something to help a charity supporting older people during the pandemic. 

Niamh Said: 

"I want to do this because it's a good personal challenge, and to think that we might be able to help older people in our community is just amazing!
"It upsets me to know that there are lots of old people who are on their own, especially during this horrible time. I hope that people will help us by spreading the word and donating lots of money to our crazy challenge!"

It takes approx. 14 hours to swim the English Channel

The siblings have given themselves five days to complete the 21-mile challenge, which is the same as a Dover to Calais swim. 

They are both keen swimmers and are part of the West Dorset Swimming club. 
Ethan said: 

"We are doing this because we have seen the brilliant work that Age UK is doing in our local area. They are helping so many people who do not have anybody in their lives to help.  
"It is a cold and tough challenge for my little sister and me to do, and if we can raise some money too then that would be awesome!"

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