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Channel swim for Weymouth's Andrea Hawkins
A MUM-OF-TWO achieved her lifetime ambition of swimming the English Channel in memory of her tragic friend.
Andrea Hawkins, of Lynch Lane, Weymouth, completed the cross-Channel relay swim and raised £630 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The 49-year-old said: “I did the swim in memory of my friend Ian Stone who died of cancer.
“He really appreciated the support Macmillan nurses gave to him and his girlfriend so I wanted to raise money for the charity in tribute to him.
“I’ve always loved swimming in the sea and I did the Weymouth Bay swim in 2005, which was my first long distance.
“Two years ago I had to have a partial knee replacement because I had osteoarthritis in my left knee which was causing me a lot of pain and I had to walk with a stick.
“After the surgery I thought I would ramp up the swimming and I wanted to do the Channel before I was 50 so I had to do it this year to achieve my goal.”
Mrs Hawkins, an e-learning officer for Dorset County Council, completed the swim from Dover to Calais on August 20 alongside her three teammates. She said: “We took it in turns to swim for an hour each and I completed eight miles.
“The distance is 21 miles but you end up swimming further because of the tides. We set off at 6.40am and it took us 13 hours and 37 minutes to get to France.
“It was brilliant, the sun was shining and the sea was really good, calm conditions.”
To sponsor Mrs Hawkins visit justgiving.com/andrea-hawkins
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