TEENS TAKE ON CHARITY Y CHANNEL CHALLENGE
A FUNDRAISING teenager is at it again as she sets out to swim across the English Channel, only five years after she swam 400 lengths for charity.
Samantha Farnfield, 16, who studies at the Chalfonts Community College, will be swimming to France on September 15 to raise money for her World Challenge trip to Zambia.
During the trip, which takes place in 2017, the teens will work with villagers to improve living conditions, repair buildings and teach and play sport with the children.
Along with two of her school friends, Jamie Nottage and Llewelyn Woodman, a relay team known as JLS Swim the Channel will start in the dark in the early hours, fighting seasick-inducing choppy waves, strong tides and currents, water temperatures of around 14-18C and the busiest shipping lane in the world for up to 25 hours.
As wetsuits are not allowed training has been focussed around getting used to cold water, taking place around GCSE studying and a Duke of Edinburgh trip. The trio are also raising money for three charities – Michael Sobell House, Age UK and The Institute of Cancer Research.
Parents Nigel and Jo Farnfield said: “They are really hoping the community will get behind them with support and perhaps a little sponsorship.
“Window Stickers are available for people to display in their cars and local businesses in their shop windows, donations can be made through the website.
“Businesses donating £50 or more will also get a mention on the website, which they are hoping will become a source of inspiration to others in the future who may wish to take on the same challenge, as well as a public thank you via Facebook and Twitter.”
To find out more about the cross-channel challenge visit www.jlsswimthechannel. com.
Challenge: Samantha Farnfield (centre) is swimming across the channel with friends Jamie Nottage and Llewelyn Woodman