The Spark Sharks - coming to a freezing cold lake near you!
They may not look dangerous, but beneath those fetching swimming hats lies a steely determination to succeed in their mission to swim the equivalent of The Channel between 25th July and 22nd August, all in aid of Spark.
United by a love of open water swimming (because who doesn’t love freezing green water?!) and a commitment to improving the mental health of young people in Epping Forest, the seven Spark Sharks have set themselves a challenge to complete 65 laps of the course at Herts Young Mariners Base over a month. Every penny raised will go towards providing counselling and mentoring support to young people - and it's needed more than ever. Spark already supports around 100 young people per week, but we are readying ourselves for an influx of new requests, following reports of potentially serious long-term consequences for young people's mental health as a result of Covid-19.
Team members Lizzie, Henry, Gemma, Nadine, Victoria, Adele and Jean have been training hard and are hoping for your support! Jean, aged 71, who broke her spine, a number of ribs and an ankle in a car accident back in October, says:
"Victoria introduced me to open-water swimming a couple of months ago and I've found it great for my own mental health, having been unable to do much exercise since my accident. I hope that we can raise loads of money for Spark so that they can continue their great work supporting young people and their families in Epping Forest."
The Sharks have been getting lots of support and encouragement from Dermott and the Be Endurance team at HYMB. Watch their interview with Dermott here:
Please support the Sharks in their quest for glory - and money!
3) Come along to Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt on 22nd August to celebrate as they 'arrive in France'!
Thank you for YOUR support! Go Sharks!!