Sales Executive takes on Loch Ness

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

If you would like to make a donation it’s not too late, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/2jvdmd2e

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