Swaledale swimmer helps charity provide clean water

A Swaledale wild swimmer is helping a charity provide access to clean water.

Susan Baty-Symes, from Healaugh, has challenged herself to complete 100 wild swims before her birthday.

She is asking for sponsorship which will go to the charity WaterAid, which is a charity dedicated to providing clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene facilities to those around the world without.

Susan said: “Living in the Yorkshire Dales I have access to clean water from taps inside my home.

“I also enjoy wild swimming in beautiful pools nearby and appreciate how fortunate and privileged I am compared to many – those who have to walk miles to collect dirty and bug ridden water which then makes them ill.

“Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene should be a normal part of everyone’s daily life.

“Without all three, people can’t live dignified, healthy lives. With all three, they can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.

“With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, children are born healthier. They get the chance to go to school and grow up to become adults.”

She added: “I am committing myself to 100 outdoor swims before my next birthday.

“This will average out at two per week with the winter months being the most challenging.”

Susan is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity.

For more information and to sponsor her, click here.