TEENS TAKE ON CHAR­ITY Y CHAN­NEL CHAL­LENGE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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