Nurse in intensive training for big swim

Meg Robertson. who is swimming the English Channel for Diabetes UK - picture submitted

Meg Robertson. who is swimming the English Channel for Diabetes UK - picture submitted

A nurse who works in Haywards Heath will swim the English Channel to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Meg Robertson, 25, an auxillary nurse at Hurstwood Park Neurosurgical Unit, will be one of five swimmers taking on a 30-mile relay from Dover to Calais on July 14.

She has worked in healthcare for four years nursing many patients with diabetes.

Meg said: “I have witnessed the difficulties of managing the condition as well as the traumatic effects that the disease can create if left untreated.”

Meg, from Coolham, has been on an intensive training programme, going to the gym four times a week, swimming three times and week and practising in the sea once a week.

She said: “Why swim the Channel and not, for example, a bungee jump? I did a bungee jump in Africa and loved it. I did a sea swim training weekend in Dover and hated it. So there’s the difference.

“It’s an unusual challenge that puts me right outside of my comfort zone on every level.”

The team will swim in two-hour blocks to the French coast. Meg will swim about eight miles in total.

She said the ongoing swimming will be made harder by the low temperature in the Channel.

She said: “It will be a brilliant accomplishment but for now, the training is gruelling and the coldness of the sea is shocking. It’s very cold. I think it will be about 12 degrees.

“Also I thought I wasn’t sea sick, but the boat is going at such a slow speed you will feel every movement.”

To sponsor Meg visit www.justgiving.com/Meg-Olivia-Robertson or text: UKFR89 and the amount you wish to donate (up to £10) to 70070.




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