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Man takes on gruelling Humber Mouth swim challenge to raise money for the RNLI

Neil Pattison swim challenge

Man takes on gruelling Humber Mouth swim challenge to raise money for the RNLI

A local man is gearing up for a gruelling fundraising swim challenge which will see him swim from Spurn Point to Cleethorpes next week.

With proceeds from the event going entirely to the RNLI, the swim will take approximately two hours and will cover around seven kilometres in total.

Neil Pattison chose to raise money for the RNLI through his challenge because of the “great job” they do.

He told Gi Media: “I try to do an annual challenge, and this year I thought, the RNLI do such a fab job up in Cleethorpes and rescue people who occasionally get into bother.

“Without the financial support people give to the RNLI, these people wouldn’t get rescued. It’s a good local charity, they do a great job and it allows people to enjoy their leisure activities, and if they do get into bother, then the crew there are on board to help people out.”

Set to go ahead on Tuesday 21 September, the swim will see Neil navigate the shipping lane along with the strong tidal conditions of the Humber Estuary.

He continued: “Two guys from the Grimsby and Cleethorpes Water Rats Swimming Club have got a boat and will be taking me over to Spurn Point. They know the tides and they’ve been linking in with ABP as we’ve got to get permission from them as to what the conditions are.

“You have to have a certain wind level to go ahead, so they’ve been in very constant contact with ABP to also discuss any ships that are in the shipping lane.

“Obviously I don’t want to be bumping into one of those great big things.”

Neil said he has been involved in sport all his life, but started swimming just over a year ago.

Now, he joins a small group twice a week, every week, to swim in the sea or in Grimsby Docks, and praises the benefits of open water swimming.

“For me personally it’s about the physical but also the mental health benefits you get from swimming. We’ve been going in the winter when there’s been snow on the beach. The benefits you get from it are incredible,” he said.

Neil aims to raise £500 through the challenge – at the time of writing, he has raised £380.

You can donate to Neil’s Humber Mouth Swim challenge for the RNLI here.

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