A team of a Lincolnshire Army Cadets who swam the English Channel this summer has been handing out the money they raised to good causes.
Amongst the swimmers were Bourne mother and daughter Clare Wookey, 42 and Kayleigh Adams, 17, of Foxley Court, Bourne.
The team completed the challenge from Dover to Calais on July 15 by completing hour-long swims in relay.
A second team completed the challenge on August 6.
As well as becoming the first cadet force to complete such a challenge the group has raised more than £5,300 for good causes.
The eight swimmers supported: Peterborough Renal Unit, Papworth Hospital Trust, Clic Sargent, Beatson Oncology Centre Fund, Grantham Additional Needs Federation, Scottie’s Little Soldiers, Water Aid and St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.
On October 11 a presentation evening was held at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks where each charity was presented with a cheque and guests were given a presentation about the cadets’ adventure.
Clare said: “The youth of today often get a bad name in the media and what this challenge has facilitated is showing the general public that four young people and four dedicated adults can make a positive contribution to society by raising much needed funds for charity.
“This journey has been one that has allowed everyone involved to not only overcome their own individual fears but build on experiences that will equip them with the life skills that will see them achieve throughout their lives.
“Each individual has given their absolute best knowing that they are raising funds for their chosen charities.
“It has been an absolute pleasure as team leader to take this team on such a journey.”
“We all hope that our charities can make a difference with the money that we have raised and help many more people.”