A PAIR of Marie Curie consultants made a splash for the Solihull hospice.
Dr Nikki Reed and Dr Sarah Wells were joined by their friend Amanda Holden when they jumped into the Thames River and took on the first leg of their river, sea and lake challenge.
As dawn broke on June 30 the trio were suited up and ready to swim 2.1km upstream of the Henley Royal Regatta, known for its annual rowing event, near Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire.
Dr Wells, medical director at the Marsh Lane hospice, said: “Our upriver swim was extremely challenging, my legs were aching all day afterwards.
“We had to register at 3am but watching the sun come up as we were swimming was such an invigorating experience.
“We are now looking forward to the next two challenges which we are undertaking in honour of all of our patients and their loved ones.
“We are hoping to raise some much needed funds to enable the Marie Curie Hospice to continue providing care for people affected by terminal illness across Solihull.”
The trio will be diving back into the water on September 8 when they head down to Cornwall and swim 1.7km to complete the Looe Island sea swim.
Their final challenge will be on September 28 when they will be dipping their toe into Ragley Hall Lake and swim 2km across it.
They are hoping to raise £1,200 to help with the running costs of the hospice.
Fundraising engagement lead at the hospice, Amy McNaughton-Brown, said: “We are all so impressed by Dr Reed and Dr Wells, you can see how passionate they are about their work and making sure everyone who comes into contact with Marie Curie is looked after to the highest of standards.
“We have to fundraise £11,313 every day to run all of the services from the Hospice, which is why it is vital we have people doing events like this for us in the community to keep us going.”
For more or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/riversealakechallenge