Jenny is braving the cold waters for charity that’s close to home.

It’s safe to say that over the past few years, we’ve all grown a little tired of being forced indoors, doing the same mundane weekend tasks, just to pass the time.

Coming out of lockdown, I was craving a new hobby and desperate to be outside again.

Not only did I want to do something fun and exciting, but I also wanted a hobby that would push me outside of my comfort zone. That’s when I discovered outdoor/wild swimming.

Having always been a keen swimmer (synchro for three years, with nose peg!), when a friend suggested the idea to me last year, I was more than willing to give it a go, albeit with some nerves.

The First Plunge

Not long after, I packed my swimsuit, cap and goggles, and headed for a quarry near my home for the first plunge.

Since then, I have felt invigorated, oddly refreshed and have never looked back.

It’s perfect for exercising the body and mind, washing away the creative stresses of the week, whilst also being a great way to socialise with friends.

Each swim is a different picturesque adventure and is something I look forward to every week, despite the sometimes shockingly cool temperatures.

2022 Challenge

To kick star the new year, I want to dive into a harder challenge and take my love for wild swimming to the next level.

I have a very close family member (my nephew) who was born with cerebral palsy and who is cared for each and every day by his parents, but also the amazing team at PACE.

Unable to walk or talk, he communicates amazingly with his eyes and breaks new boundaries each and every year that we never thought possible.

cold water swim

Sub-zero temperatures

So on 5 February, 2022 (his birthday) I shall be braving the sub-zero waters of Dosthill Quarry in Tamworth, aiming to swim a full two laps to raise money for a charity that is close to my heart.

It will certainly be physically and mentally demanding, but it is a challenge I want to achieve to raise awareness of this amazing charity, whilst proving to myself that I can conquer anything if I put my mind to it.

About PACE

Pace is a truly ground breaking children’s charity that transforms the lives of children and young people across the UK with sensory motor disorders, whilst also providing essential support for families.

Thanks to the generosity and commitment of people, Pace is able to provide intensive specialist education and therapy individually tailored to each child, in order to help them achieve their full potential and to be as independent as possible in their current and future lives.

The charity helps to unlock a world communication, mobility, play and achievement for children by giving them the skills to do so.

If you fancy sponsoring me, I’d be so grateful. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-holden3