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£1k raised though home swimming challenge

Beth and Sophie sitting on the D class lifeboat with family and crew members in 2018. Photo: Chris Rundle

Sisters Beth, 10 and Sophie, 13, have raised more than £1,000 for the RNLI at Minehead by swimming the equivalent of the 34-kilometre Dover Strait Channel Crossing while tethered in a three-metre pool in their Bruton garden.

They intended to raise around £300 for Beth’s favourite good cause – Minehead’s RNLI lifeboat station.

Beth – a lifeboat ‘fanatic’ according to her family – has already raised £500 for the station through a sponsored swim and an RNLI event she organised at Bruton Primary School.

Both girls are keen swimmers and, their father Dave said: “They’ve worked out precisely how many arm pulls, doing front crawl, are needed to cover 100 metres."

Minehead RNLI chairman Bryan Stoner said Beth’s dedication to fundraising for the lifeboat service had already brought admiration from the whole crew at Minehead.

He added: “It really is a delight to meet people as young as Beth and Sophie who are so charitable and understand precisely how much effort is involved in the business of saving lives at sea."

To support Beth and Sophie's fundraising click here

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