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Bacup woman's epic swim
A FORMER boxer is set to take on a 42-mile swim in a bid to cross the Caledonia Way to support her friend who has pancreatic cancer.
Rebecca Jarre, 44, from Bacup, now works as a forensic psychologist and will team up with a group of seven other swimmers for the three-day challenge to start on September 27.
The route will see the team swim in Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness and Loch Dochfour in Scotland, in water temperatures of around 4C.
The mum-of-two first met Cath Winterburn, 61, through the social media, and found out that she was not expected to live past December 2012.
Rebecca, who took part in a 24-hour swim last year in aid of the charity, said: “I’ve been a cold water swimmer for years now and it just seems right for me to be raising money by taking on this challenge.
“Cath is a great friend to me and I hope we all raise a lot of money for this very worthwhile charity. The group’s ages range from 15 to 60 and we are all at different levels of ability.
“I really love swimming in cold water and the adrenaline rush is absolutely amazing.
“Every day that Cath is still with us is a gift and I’m glad she is still here to see us complete this swim. It’s going to be so hard and we will have to swim a lot of miles each day but it will be more than worth it.”
Grandma-of-two Cath, who lives in Huddersfield, said: “Rebecca has been a fantastic friend to me since I met her in 2011.
“She helped me a lot in the aftermath of my terminal diagnosis and I can’t thank her enough.
“It was very emotional when she told me that she was going to do this because I thought that she had already done enough last year with the 24-hour swim.
“I just hope that they raise a lot of money for the charity and have fun while they are all up there.”
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