Swimmer fulfils ambition by joining relay team of six to raise money for charities
CATHY Taylor really did take the plunge last week as she was part of a relay team of six swimming the Channel to raise money for Surrey Search & Rescue (SURSAR) and the Guildford-based Canterbury Care Mental Health Charity.
The swim – during which they spotted a dolphin – fulfilled a childhood ambition for Cathy who is delighted to raise money for two charities very close to her heart.
Surrey Search & Rescue provided a boat team in the water, escorting Cathy and the team for the first three hours after they set off from Dover.
Cathy said: “Funds raised will be shared with the Canterbury Care Mental Health drop-in centre in Guildford, where I provide massage therapy. This wonderful voluntary facility cares for socially isolated adults and individuals struggling with mental health issues.
“SURSAR is close to my heart since they valiantly searched for a dear friend and rugby coach in the River Wey last year and as a result, one of our close friends now volunteers for them in a quest to save lives.”
Cathy was referring to Grant Broster, who went missing during the Easter storms of 2016.
“I hope this little swim will raise much-needed funds for these two courageous causes,” Cathy added.
Surrey Search & Rescue is part of Lowland Rescue.
Along with Mountain Rescue & the RNLI it forms Britain’s voluntary search and rescue capability and it recently reached its 500th call-out. On average there is one a week.
The team trains weekly to maintain a high level of operational readiness, and medics are Lowland Rescue First Responder trained.
As of Monday, Cathy’s Just Giving page had already raised in excess of £2,300.
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