Gillian does charity walk and swim trek

Gillian Chamberlain
Gillian Chamberlain

A BELPER mum swam and walked a total of 14 miles to raise money for charity.

Gillian Chamberlain, 61, signed up to take part in the ladies-only Treetops Hospice Moonlight Walk around Derby held on Friday, June 10.

But, being a keen walker, Gillian felt the seven-mile walk, which started at 10pm, was too easy a challenge and decided to mirror the distance in the swimming pool.

So Gillian, who is retired, donned her swimming costume and dived in at Belper Leisure Centre to swim the distance over six days.

Gillian, who lives near the leisure centre, said: “I got the idea for the swim after trying to get sponsorship for the Moonlight Walk.

“I was a bit worried people wouldn’t give much, but I underestimated their generosity and ended up with around £300 for Treetops.

“I wanted them to get their money’s worth so decided to do the swim as well.”

Gillian swims with the Belper Marlin Swimming Club at the leisure centre. She swam two miles on the first day and then one mile a day for the remaining five days.

She said: “I swam 64 lengths in total and it was much harder than I thought it would be as I was doing front crawl. It was very tiring mentally.

“I hadn’t really heard of Treetops Hospice until my daughter-in-law signed up to do the Moonlight Walk but I’m glad to be supporting a local charity.”

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Treetops Hospice provides hospice care for adults and their families in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

It cares for people with cancer, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and end-stage heart and respiratory conditions.