OMG, I can’t believe it! Yesterday I swam my final length while being cheered on by my family and friends. The length of the English Channel in 10 weeks – who the heck came up with that crazy idea?!

What’s even more incredible is that so far we have raised a whopping £2,110.22!

Last week we were at 60% of my £2000 target and I honestly didn’t think we would get there. So THANK YOU so much for making this happen. This money is so important and it WILL change lives. All I can say, I believe in Santa again! Thank you for the Christmas Miracle.

Thank you so much to my family, friends, business network and the public who have selflessly donated some of their hard-earned cash. All donations have gone to a charity close to my heart: Medecines Sans Frontière / Doctors Without Borders.

And it’s not too late to add a couple of quid if you haven’t gotten to it yet. Just click on this link and it will take you to the justgiving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barbara-channel-challenge

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a few key individuals who have made it possible for me:

UEA Sportspark

Thank you to the Sportspark for allowing me to use the facilities and to all their friendly staff for their encouragement and support. A special thank you to swimming coach Hannah Cremin. When I first met Hannah I felt self-conscious about even being in a pool, let alone giving the front crawl a go. But thanks to her positive encouragement and brilliant guidance I’ve been able to progress and achieve my goal.

Joe Lenton Photography

Joe Lenton has achieved something close to a miracle – making me look good in a swimsuit! – and his pictures speak for themselves. I would also like to say that he has a great gift for making you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the lens. Thank you, Joe.

Kate White from Front Page Media

What can I tell you about Kate White? She is an incredibly gifted copywriter and a delight to work with. When I explained to her what I wanted to convey in my own weird Barbara language she understood and was able to put my story into words. She is a gift that keeps on giving.

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Last but not least I would like to thank my partner Nick Fountain who has had to put up with my moaning of this and that hurting, giving me all his love when hugging me and encouraging me that I can do this. He may not always show his enthusiasm towards me, but hearing from his work colleagues that he basically gives them a daily update on how I am doing is just the cutest thing ever. Thank you for being here and I love you.

Thank you to Mum & Dad: when they came over from Switzerland they were so proud and it made me feel so proud too.

Thank YOU for the donations and supportive messages. This money WILL make a change to lots of people. So get involved and let 2017 become your year to take on a challenge and raise money for charity.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I couldn’t have done it without you.

Lots of Love

Barbara