Scott Rees Trainee Legal Executive, Michelle Aindow, took on, and completed, the Great North Swim in Windermere on Saturday to raise a fantastic £1059 for charity.
Michelle, 26, from Southport, completed the daunting swim in one hour and four minutes, which is a remarkable feat considering prior to entering the event she had a fear of open water.
On a day when other swimmers attempting to combat the waters of Lake Windermere were pulled out by safety boats, Michelle remained strong and determined to complete the course.
Michelle (pictured) said: “I am made up that I was able to complete the swim. So many other winners were being pulled out of the lake which made things a whole lot harder but I was determined to complete the race. It was completely mad but I am so glad I have done it and been able to raise so much money for the hospice.”
The hospice Michelle was doing the fundraising event for is the Wigan and Leigh Hospice. They cared for her friends father, Allan Moorfield who sadly passed away earlier in the year and she was running in memory of him.
Scott Rees Partner, David Byrne, who presented Michelle with a donation of £100 last week said: “We are really proud of Michelle for completing the race. I know she was nervous in the build up but it speaks volume about her character, to come through the challenge, especially with the adversity surrounding her with people being pulled from the lake. It is also great that she was able to raise such a fantastic figure for he chose charity and I am sure they will be over the moon with her efforts.”
It is still not too late to sponsor Michelle either. If you want to help support this more than deserving charity you can visit her fundraising page at http://www.justgiving.com/Michelle-Aindow.
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