A Catterick Garrison woman is bidding to swim the English Channel this morning.
Verity Green set off at 5.30am this morning from Dover.
The 40-year-old advanced physiotherapist, who works for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, is taking on the challenge to raise money for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Verity, who has been deaf since she was a baby, chose the charity because she has benefited from having a hearing dog.
She swam at a high level as a child and was a member of the Great Britain in the Senior Deaf Team from the age of 12.
However, when she was 17 she found she had Menieres Disease which affected her balance and vision, and ended her swimming career.
Now an adult, Verity has found that it is easier for her to swim outdoors and she is hoping to realise a childhood dream of swimming the Channel and raise money for the charity.
She added: “Hearing Dogs for Deaf People make a difference in so many ways — for me it makes the difference that my dog can tell me where a sound it coming from.
“I can answer the doorbell to the postman and get my own parcel, or even for the neighbours.
“I can also be alerted to a smoke alarm at night, or a fire siren at work.
“More importantly by my deafness becoming visible, people change their own behaviour and become much more deaf aware, just because they see my dog and realise I am deaf.”
In June, Verity Green made headlines around the country after a pod of dolphins accompanied her while she was training for the Channel swim in the sea at Roker, near Sunderland.
Photographer DazMartin, who captured the image of Verity swimming with the dolphins, is capturing images oft eh Channel swim from a support boat.
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