A Budleigh Salterton swimmer won applause from strangers when her daily dip in the sea turned fundraiser for the town’s Lion’s Club.
Pat Prew, aged 65, on Bank Holiday Monday (August 31) swam just over a mile from Steamer’s Steps to the River Otter mouth to help boost Budleigh Salterton Lion’s Club, whose fundraising events have been cancelled because of the coronavirus.
Daily swimmer Pat – who with husband Will owns The Card Shop Too in Budleigh High Street – has raised at least £1,350 for the town’s Lions, to be used for good causes.
She is welcoming donations, dropped into the shop, as the total continues to rise.
Her swim took around 55 minutes to complete and mirrored her actions from 30 years ago when Pat swam from Sandy Bay to the River Otter.
Pat’s Bank Holiday efforts were cheered on by the Reverend Karen Young, Budleigh vicar, who went alongside in her kayak, and beach-goers who applauded when the swim went past.
Pat, thanked everyone for their encouragement, especially husband Will for his ‘amazing’ support.
She said: “I am quite proud of what I have done. I had a brilliant day.
“I am so pleased with all the support. People were standing and clapping on the beach to give me a boost.
“The Lions Club does masses and masses of really good things for Budleigh.
“Because of the lockdown they couldn’t hold all their functions they have, like Gala Week and on Bank Holiday Monday they usually have stalls along the parade. I wanted to do it for them.”
To donate direct to the Lions Club of Budleigh Salterton, see the group’s JustGiving page, here.
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