Graeme Kirkbright our dedicated Sales Executive from RMB Toyota Teesside recently embarked on a team swim for charity which saw him take on the Loch Ness. As part of a small team of 6, Graeme set out to swim the length of Loch Ness which is approximately 23 miles in order to raise money for a local cause, The JP (James Paul) Connaughton Respite Village.
North East parents Paul and Julie Connaughton are hoping to set up the JP (James Paul) Connaughton Respite Village, a respite centre for Special Needs children and adults alongside their parents in the heart of North Yorkshire. Having selected a site in Stokesley they are currently working towards raising enough money to set up the respite village which will provide support through 6 residential places and 4 carer’s rooms.
In order to help raise money for this excellent cause Graeme embarked on a strict training plan, which saw him swim an average of 8.5 miles a week to prepare himself for the charity event on Friday 7th October.
An early start on Friday 7th October, saw Graeme wake at 03:30 to get to The Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition at Drumnadrochit to meet the rest of the team, ready to be collected from the boat pilot at 04:30.
With a plan in place, the team of 6 swimmers intended to swim 2 miles or one hour sets (whichever they completed first) throughout the day to make up the 23 mile distance between them. However, with an air temperature of -1 at the beginning and a water temperature of 11.5 degrees the team were up against the elements from the start.
Graeme managed to a swim a phenomenal 7 miles in total throughout the day, making up lost distance which had struck the team as a result of a number of unfortunate events, including one member suffering symptoms of hypothermia.
Due to the severe weather which included reduced visibility and decreasing water temperatures the team had their swim pulled by the boat pilot 4 miles from the end for safety reasons. However, Graeme managed to raise over £300 individually from this event which was for an excellent cause, and he’s even signed up to swim the English Channel next year…
We’re sure you’ll agree that Graeme and his team members have done brilliantly and from everyone at RMB we want to say a huge well done to all of them.
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