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Scilly Swim Challenge to raise thousands for charities


A paediatrician raising money for cancer patients is among those taking part in the Scilly Swim Challenge over the next week.

Dr Trevor Hedges from Luton and Dunstable University Hospital will be swimming 15km and hiking 10km during September 5th and 6th in order to help fund two child oncology rooms at the hospital.

Competitors registering today

Now in its fourth year, the Scilly Swim Challenge tasks participants with swimming from island to island from Bar Point on St Mary's to Porthcressa, either over one day or two.

The one-day challenge takes place tomorrow, while the two-day event takes to the sea on Tuesday.

Dr Hedges, 39, has already raised £1,793.72, 179% of his target of £1,000.

He wrote on his fundraising page in early August: “This is a significant challenge for me as with a month to go I can currently swim a mile in one go and the distance between Samson and St Agnes islands is 3 miles!!"

Dentist Mei-An Hoe is fundraising to travel to Tanzania as a dental volunteer with Bridge2Aid, which aims to provide access to the relief of dental pain and infection for millions of people across the country.

Elsewhere, competitors in both the one-day and two-day events are raising money for - among many others - WaterAid, Macmillan Cancer Support, drinks industry charity The Benevolent, veterans' charity HighGround, homeless charity Passage 2000 and mental health charity Mind.

Some 150 people are expected to take part tomorrow, setting off from Porthcressa at 7.30am. Next week's two-day event will have around 100 competitors.

Find out more about the Scilly Swim Challenge here.

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