Photos and video: Swimmers brave weather for Hospice

Swimmers braved the River Taw for the North Devon Hospice.

Swimmers braved the River Taw for the North Devon Hospice. - Credit: Archant

Dozens entered the water despite rain and choppy conditions yesterday (Sun) for the North Devon Hospice.

DOZENS of swimmers braved the cold water yesterday morning (Sun) to swim a mile for the North Devon Hospice.

Novices and experienced swimmers donned their wetsuits as they experienced a mixture of rain, wind and choppy conditions.

But around 90 swimmers successfully completed either the mile or half-mile long course.

Those taking on the half mile entered the water at the monument in Rock Park, while those who dared take on the mile started at the iron bridge.

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The swim finished at the slipway by the Civic Centre, where those exiting the water headed for shelter and hot drinks and bacon rolls.

Gerard Fawcitt, event organiser for the Hospice, said: “We are delighted by the great feedback we have already received from many swimmers, it’s very encouraging.

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“It was a testing day on Sunday for swimmers, volunteers, and for our safety experts Skern Lodge, but everyone did a great job and it was a memorable first River Swim for North Devon Hospice.

“Importantly, it is shaping up to be a successful fundraiser and we will be able to confirm this once all the sponsorship monies have come in.”

The Gazette joined volunteers from Skern Lodge on the safety boat near the finish line – watch the video above to see some of today’s action or see more photos in the gallery on the right of the page.

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