12:04PM, Wednesday 29 June 2016
A mum-of-two is preparing to take to the open water to raise money for a pair of hospice charities.
Jo Smith, of Belmont Crescent, Maidenhead, is preparing to take on the annual Boulters to Bray Swim on Saturday.
The 46-year-old, who had never swum on open water before signing up for the challenge and who will only swim in a river on the day of the event, is hoping to raise £720 – the equivalent cost of a day of end-of-life care in a hospice.
The proceeds will be split between the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice and Thames Hospice.
Speaking ahead of the swim, she said: “When my dad died we managed to get him in to a hospice for the last week of his life, but he and mum had both been in hospitals before that, which are busy places.
“But when he got into the hospice I was amazed with what they offer to people.
“They’re totally geared to helping people and their families at that end-of-life stage.
“So last year, when I saw this swim advertised and I wanted to do something that would take me out of my comfort zone – although in hindsight I wish I had signed up for a marathon.”
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