Swim­mer ful­fils am­bi­tion by join­ing re­lay team of six to raise money for char­i­ties

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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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