The Henley Mermaids: Laura Reineke, Fiona Print, Joan Fennelly, Susan Barry and Jo Robb are all regular swimmers with the Henley Open Water Swimming Club and also take on swimming challenges for Charity.
Following a successful swim relay of the English Channel in July 2020 (raising £32,000 for Henley Music School) the Henley Mermaids have set their sights on their next ambitious challenge, which is a swim relay of The Bristol Channel from Ilfracombe in North Devon to Swansea in Wales. If the Mermaids successfully complete the Bristol Channel, they will be the first women only team to complete it.
With a distance of 25 miles between Ilfracombe and Swansea (as the crow flies), the Bristol Channel is renowned for its strong tidal forces which could easily add 10+ miles onto the distance that the ladies will have to cover, not to mention the colder temperatures of the Irish Sea, possibly swimming in the dark, dealing with jellyfish, and all whilst swimming through busy shipping lanes of the Bristol Channel.
As a group of five ladies in their 40s & 50s based in Henley on Thames, the team are aiming to undertake their Bristol Channel relay challenge on the anniversary of their English Channel swim, on July 22nd, 2021 (all contingent on COVID restrictions and weather conditions).
With lots of training to get done to rebuild fitness for this challenge, the ladies are excited and nervous in equal measures, but most of all are delighted to have the opportunity to raise much needed funds in collaboration with SunriseForBrainConditions.org for the following wonderful charities:
Huntington's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neuron Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
All funds raised on this page will go directly to the chosen charities.
Please donate to one or more of the Henley Mermaids below. Your support in 2021 will help these 4 worthy Brain Condition Charities provide much needed specialist care and shine a light into the lives of those suffering and their families.