DONINGTON woman Vicky Gisby is swimming the length of the English Channel to raise cash for a charity looking after people with spinal injuries.
Vicky (22), of Highfield Road, works as a medical secretary in the community paediatrics department at Boston Health Clinic and spotted a poster on the wall there about the work of the charity Aspire and its Channel swim appeal.
Most of the 7,000 swimmers nationwide are taking 12 weeks to do the 22 miles at their local pools.
But Vicky is playing catch-up because she learned about the charity event four weeks late.
She has to swim 1,416 lengths of the Spalding pool in eight weeks and made a very good start by completing 206 lengths in her first session.
Vicky said: “I like swimming and I normally swim a mile when I go to the pool.”
So far £130 has been pledged to Vicky’s charity effort.
Donations can be made online by visiting www.justgiving.com/sponsorvicky2swimm22miles.
Vicky says the money will make a big difference to people living with spinal injuries.
* Every day four people injure their spinal cord and are told they may never walk again. Aspire provides services including accessible housing, grants, IT equipment and practical help so spinal injury victims can lead independent lives.