Open wa­ter swims raise £2,600

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

TWO High­land open wa­ter swims have raised more than £2,000 for char­ity.

A group of brave swim­mers took to Loch Su­nart last week­end, swim­ming 1.64km to raise money for char­ity Chil­dren with Cancer UK.

Twenty-nine swim­mers took part in the lat­est High­land open wa­ter swim, the brain­child of out­door en­thu­si­ast Jeff For­rester.

Jeff set up the chal­lenges to raise money for the chil­dren’s char­ity and to in­spire people to en­joy the great out­doors and start a new sport. The swim­mers were along­side three rib safety boat crews and nine kayaks. Nick Ray pad­dled from Tober­mory to sup­port the event and then pad­dled all the way back to Tober­mory, a round trip of 34 miles set­ting off at 5am.

The Loch Su­nart event, and the swim at Cor­ran Nar­rows ear­lier this year, raised a to­tal of £ 2,600 for the char­ity.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Jeff told the Lochaber Times: ‘The Loch Su­nart was a great success and if the de­mand is there, this may be con­sid­ered again. We believe the events are go­ing very well with nearly £2,600 raised so far in­clu­sive of gift aid for Chil­dren with Cancer UK.’

Photo: Si­mon Wil­lis

Swim­mers set off on the Loch Su­nart event.

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