A Skegness amateur triathlete facing the biggest challenge of her life today when she embarks on a 14-mile swim across the Wash to raise vital funds for a brave little girl with a rare form of cancer.
Claire Draper will become the second woman to swim across the Wash in more than 40 years when she arrives at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve around teatime this afternoon.
She will be starting the nine-hour Swim for Jossie at Hunstanton Old Beach this morning, followed by a support team in a boat, including her coach Lee St Quinton and paramedic Mark Smith.
The Fantasy Island boss is hoping to raise £10,000 for specialist treatment for four-year-old Jocelyn Leaver - the daughter of family friends - who is fighting high risk neuroblastoma; a rare childhood cancer.
On Friday, Claire was celebrating having smashed her original target on her JustGiving page of £5,000, She said the Anglia Motel and Cafe in Holbeach who, along with the Chosen Charity shop in Holbeach, have raised an incredible £2,500 - and her bosses at Fantasy Island have pledged to take to the total to at least £10,000.
With the total cost of Josse’s treatment around £350,000, Claire has described her efforts from the mammoth swim as ‘a drop in the ocean’ but said: “Every single penny of this is so important for Jossie, and whilst I am amazed to have reached this amount, I sincerely hope people will keep on giving so her family can secure the treatment she needs.”
Every single penny of this is so important for Jossie, and whilst I am amazed to have reached this amount, I sincerely hope people will keep on giving so her family can secure the treatment she needsClaire Draper, on smashing her original target of £5,000
On Saturday, Claire went on her final practice swim before today’s challenge. Her arrival at Gibraltar Point is expected to be emotional, with many friends, work and training colleagues and family expected to be there to welcome her.
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To support her fundraising efforts visit the Swim the Wash for Joss JustGiving page.
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