Brave Elizabeth beats fear of water to complete swim

Elizabeth Barker who has learnt to swim in memory of her father to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.  Elizabeth, right, pictured  with her swimming teacher Angela Duerden, after swimming a length at Catmose Sports Centre swimming pool in front of family and friends.'Photo: MSMP120513-037ow
Elizabeth Barker who has learnt to swim in memory of her father to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK. Elizabeth, right, pictured with her swimming teacher Angela Duerden, after swimming a length at Catmose Sports Centre swimming pool in front of family and friends.'Photo: MSMP120513-037ow
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A courageous woman has battled her fears and nerves and learnt to swim in memory of her father who died of prostate cancer.

Elizabeth Barker, 43, of Cresswell Drive, Cottesmore, was cheered on by friends and family as she completed her length long swim of Catmose College pool on Sunday after seven months of training.

Elizabeth set herself a goal of swimming the length of the 25m pool in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK, after her father Patrick Daly, who was also known as Joe Lockwood, died from the disease in 2009.

Elizabeth said: “It was an amazing day and lovely to have so much support.

“It was such a massive challenge to me and would not have been possibly without my teacher Angela Duerden. She’s been an inspiration.

“It was great to show everyone I had overcome my fear and at the end of the swim I jumped in at the deep end. The roar from the crowd was unbelievable and it felt great.”

Not only did she conquer her fears and learn to swim, Elizabeth also managed to raise £800 through the support of her friends and family along the way.

Her achievements have also been recognised by celebrity comedians Frank Skinner and David Walliams, who have both completed charity swimming challenges, after her mum Mary Daly, wrote to them to explain what she had done.

David Matheson, a representative of Prostate Cancer UK, gave a speech on the day to commend Elizabeth on her efforts.

Hairdresser Elizabeth was also given a message of support from renowned hairdresser Patrick Cameron, who donated £50.

She added: “To get messages from Frank Skinner, David Walliams and Patrick Cameron was a real shock but absolutely fantastic.”

Elizabeth is still raising funds and hopes to break the £1,000 mark.

To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Barker2