Support, smoothies and stamina helped 14 year old Lucy Bouveri-Brine to complete a marathon swim equivalent to crossing the English Channel.
Lucy swam 21 miles in the Link Centre pool to raise funds for a trip to the Gambia in October. As she ploughed up and down to complete 1,344 lengths, friends and family were at the poolside offering encouragement.
In the week before the swim, Lucy ate a high carbohydrate diet with plenty of oats, pasta, whole meal bread and fruit. Throughout the swim, she made short stops for fruit smoothies and bananas.
She said, “it was difficult around the half way mark but it got better until about 400 lengths to go. Then Sarah Baker, my friend in the Swindon Dolphins, got in to be a pace-maker which really helped.”
Lucy is among 21 Commonweal School pupils who will spend a week in the Gambian village of Gunjur. The pupils are asked to raise funds with half of the money going towards educational equipment and materials for the village school and half covering travel costs.
Lucy, a distance specialist with Swindon Dolphins, said she had always wanted to swim the Channel but you have to be 18. “When I was chosen to go to Gunjur I knew what I could do. So far, I?ve raised over ?500 from the swim and another ?100 from a car boot sale.”
Looking forward to visiting Gambia, Lucy said, “we?ll stay in a hotel but will spend most of our time in Gunjur and one night with a family. We?ll meet the children and see the school. I?ve seen a video but I think that you have to be there to understand what it?s really like.”