Holly conquers fear of water for charity swim

Mind's wellbeing and recovery worker Holly Black
Mind's wellbeing and recovery worker Holly Black
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A care worker is preparing to conquer her fear of water to complete a sponsored swim for a good cause.

Peterborough and Fenland Mind’s wellbeing and recovery worker Holly Black, who runs classes in Bourne, is taking part in the Great East Swim on June 21 in aid of South Lincolnshire Outreach Wellbeing and Recovery Service.

Spurred on by the encouragement and dedication of her clients, Holly has decided to overcome her fear of open water and dive into this challenge, where she will complete a three-mile swim at the Alton Water Reservoir in Suffolk. 

Speaking about her task, Holly said: “My position as a wellbeing and recovery worker at Peterborough and Fenland Mind means I am constantly empowering individuals to challenge themselves on a daily basis, both physically and mentally.

“After some reflection, I thought it was about time I stepped up to a challenge myself.

“This is one I had put to the back of my mind thinking yeah one day I will do that, and before I knew it the challenge was on.”

Holly runs Peterborough and Fenland Mind’s Outreach service in Bourne, as well as Stamford and Spalding, where she delivers one to one recovery sessions and group workshops for those suffering from poor mental health.

She is working with more than 70 individuals.

Client feedback has shown that the service is making a huge difference in this area and the extra funding will allow the service to expand and help support more people.

The swim will take place at 3.15pm on June 21, where Holly will be joined by hundreds of other determined individuals raising money for a number of different causes.

If you would like to support Holly and Peterborough and Fenland Mind by making a donation or receive some more information about the Great East Swim, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/hollyblackgreatswim, or www.greatswim.org/Events/great-east-swim.

For more information about Peterborough and Fenland Mind, visit the website at www.pfmind.org.uk.