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Debs’ Channel swim raises £1,442
Article date: 16 May 2013

Following a gruelling eight-month training programme Debs achieves her ambition to swim across the channel.

Shift manager Debs Traher completed a remarkable challenge, raising money for two charities.

Debs, who works at The Peter Cushing, in Whitstable, swam the English Channel to raise £1,442 for CLIC Sargent.

Starting in Dover at 3am, she spent 14 hours and two minutes crossing the water to France, landing on a beach just outside Calais at 5pm.

An eight-month training programme included 12 hours’ sea swimming each weekend and, in the final month before the swim, a further 10 hours per week in a swimming pool.

Debs said: “It was a huge commitment, but one which I would certainly do again. You have to hire a boat and register yourself, plus an observer has to be there to verify that it is a true swim.

“The route is 21 miles directly, but I swam 30 miles, as the current takes you off course. I was already half way across after four hours. However, it took me two hours to swim the last mile. I could see the shore, but it wasn’t getting any closer!”

Zimbabwe-born Debs, who used to be a competition swimmer in her home country, also donated £690 to Boabab Christian Trust, a charity which helps children and families in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Debs’ fundraising events also included a big pink raffle, charity cake sale, sponsored leg-waxing and she even scored a goal in the Kick-for-CLIC Sargent five-a-side event, two days after her Channel swim!

Well done Debs.

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