Army cadets take on Channel challenge

The Army Cadets from the Bourne detachment who are training to swim the English Channel. Pictured from left: Debbie Sutton, Clare Wookey, Anita Asken, Zoe Fielding, who are assisting with the training and cadets Kayleigh Adams, Tom Marsh, Luke Exton  and James Count.
The Army Cadets from the Bourne detachment who are training to swim the English Channel. Pictured from left: Debbie Sutton, Clare Wookey, Anita Asken, Zoe Fielding, who are assisting with the training and cadets Kayleigh Adams, Tom Marsh, Luke Exton and James Count.
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A mother and daughter from Bourne will attempt the gruelling challenge of swimming the English Channel this summer.

Clare Wookey (42) and Kayleigh Adams (16), of Foxley Court, are part of an eight-person team from the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force embarking on the challenge.

Clare, who is a second lieutenant in the Army Cadets and commander of Bourne detachment, said: “It is a huge, huge thing and if we achieve it we will be the first cadet force to ever do it.

“The kids will get so much out of it because it is something they will remember forever.

“It will really make them stand out from the crowd. After all it’s not very often you meet people who have swum the Channel.”

The team has just returned from Dover where they braved the cold waters to get practice of open water swimming in the harbour with the boat they will use for the challenge.

The team will do hour-long legs in relay, making the crossing from Dover to Calais at just six hours’ notice in a window between July 28 and August 11.

The challenge is expected to take about 16 hours which is likely to include some swimming at night.

Bourne Academy pupil Kayleigh is the youngest member of the team, which has members from across Lincolnshire including Luke Exton (17), from Market Deeping.

They have been training for the huge challenge since before Christmas and are now trying to swim seven miles a week in a pool to be ready.

The challenge will cost about £10,000 to complete and has been supported by Totemic and The Len Pick Trust.

However more funding is required.

Any businesses that may wish to support the cadets’ efforts should call Clare on 07841 182428.

Each cadet will also be raising money for his or her chosen charity.