Fundraisers have taken the plunge and braved the icy temperatures to raise money for an historic sea pool in Cornwall.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, David Brown, director at commercial property developers Stoford, was part of a team of hardy swimmers to complete 22 miles in the pool at Bude, matching the width of the English Channel.
The team, lapped the pool 440 times and raised over £2,500 for the Friends of the Bude Sea Life Pool, which collects vital funds for the pool.
Since the 1930s it has provided a haven for safe swimming for the people of the town and the thousands of holidaymakers who visit each year.
David said: “The weather for the great Channel Challenge was fantastic, albeit a bit windy. Due to a recent storm the sea was wild but thankfully organisers had picked a small tide weekend so swimmers were protected in the pool.
“Our team was particularly well organised, meaning we only had to swim a few miles each. Some of the teams were swimming anywhere up to six miles each.
“We’re delighted with the fundraising efforts of the team and are extremely grateful for all of the donations received. The entire event raised over £5,000, which will continue to help maintain and preserve this fantastic facility in Bude.”
Stoford, a Birmingham-based commercial property developer, specialise in occupier-led property solutions for business. The company is involved in a diverse range of commercial property developments across the UK.