It was the annual Marie Curie Padstow to Rock Swim on Sunday, 31 July 2016.
The swim is one of my favourite events of the year. Over 500 fundraisers take part in the challenge. Every one of those individuals has a great story to tell, whether they are 10 years old or 70. Everyone is keen, active and ready for the swim across to Rock.
I was asked to attend the event again this year, and I was delighted to be able to offer my support. I have a strong belief that every business should give something back to society and the local community. This is why I “donate” my services to charities when I am able.
I am a freelance photographer for the Falmouth Packet and specialise in event photography and PR photography, so events like this one are right up my street. It’s something that I really enjoy. I love to meet everyone, and I always feel inspired by their determination to complete this kind of challenge especially when I am not keen on cold water myself (give me a warm swimming pool any day).
It amazes me how far people will drive to take part. I met people from Nottinghamsire, London, and Surrey. I met a ten year old who would become the youngest person to swim the distance. And I met individuals who had travelled on their own to take part. It’s awesome.
I have done some random things for charity. Nothing as challenging as this swim. I’ve done 24 hour famines, bring and buy sales, charitable photography work, and an abseil at the Falmouth Maritime Museum. It’s all good fun, and a great way to raise money for charities.
Have you raised money for charity? Why not let me know what you’ve done.
In the mean time, here are some of the photographs from the Padstow to Rock Swim, 2016.