Amy channels her energy to complete a mammoth charity swim

Amy Stoker swam the distance of the English Channel over the space of just two days
Amy Stoker swam the distance of the English Channel over the space of just two days
0
Have your say

A youngster from Berkhamsted Swimming Club undertook an incredible challenge for charity as she swam the distance of the English Channel over the space of just two days.

Amy Stoker, 12, completed the feat, which is 34km in total – or 1,360 lengths of a full size swimming pool – to raise money for RDA, Riding for the Disabled.

This took her just under 14 hours to complete, as she swam for 8 and 1/2 hours on the first day in four sessions, and just under 5 and 1/2 hours the following day.

Given the length and distance of the swim, Amy had to complete this at four different pools in Berkhamsted, Hemel Hempstead, Chesham and Amersham, who all kindly gave her a lane for two hours at different times throughout the weekend.

The first and last sessions she swam in BSC club time under the watchful eye of her very supportive coach Geoff Wood.

Friends from the club and her family joined her in some of her other sessions to help keep her going.

A very tired, but relieved, Amy finished the swim at around 7.30pm on Sunday night with her friends, coaches and family there to cheer her on to the finish.

She has so far managed to raise just over £2,500 for charity and, jointly with her 10-year-old brother Thomas, who is embarking on his own challenge shortly – a 40km bike ride – has accumulated a fantastic £4,550.

The money is being used to build a flagship centre for the RDA in the Midlands.