Lydia's swim from the heart
A woman from Deeping St Nicholas is undertaking a 4km open water swim later this year to raise funds for a marine conservation organisation close to her heart.
Lydia Pinfold, 23, will take part in the Swim Rutland event in August for Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
“It’s a new challenge for me and for a great cause,” said Lydia, who works full time as a fashion photographer.
“I have always enjoyed swimming but other commitments have kept me away from the
Wanting to exercise and get fit, Lydia said she had decided to get back in the water again.
“So I have been back in the pool recently to build my fitness and swimming technique back up.”
Looking for new challenges, she turned her attention to open water swimming.
“I read a story about a group of women who are taking on the Oceans Seven challenge and thought I’d like to do some open water swims at some stage,” she said.
Although Lydia used to swim competitively when younger, this was confined to swimming pools.
“I had never done an open water swim before so it’s a new challenge that hopefully will result in me doing more open water swimming after completing this challenge.”
She only recently completed her first open water swim when she did two rounds of a 500m course in a half hour at Rutland Water.
“I have never felt so elated afterwards,” she said.
“It was so different from being in a pool.
“There are no limits and while you’re more exposed you get this amazing sense of freedom.
“I’m not sure I’ll go back in a pool.”
Lydia said a target of £250 had been set for her to raise in the swim but she hoped to bring in more.
She said the money would go to Whale and Dolphin Conservation, an organisation that conducts research and protects whales and dolphins around the world.
“I’ve supported the group for a while,” she said.
“In today’s world with all the plastic pollution it’s more important than ever to protect our oceans and the animals that live in them.
“The WDC does some excellent work in protecting marine animals.”
Lydia has set up a Just Giving crowdfunding page to help her raise the money.
To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lydia-swim