Forty swimmers joined Wessex Cancer Support, at 6am last Saturday, to swim the 1 3/10 miles from Hurst Castle to Colwell Bay, all to raise funds for the charity.
Wessex Cancer Support co-ordinates the annual event, along with dedicated volunteer, Michelle Salsbury, who came up with the concept. She said: “When I approached Wessex with my idea back in 2021 for a Solent swim, I never imagined it to be this successful, or raise as much as it has.
“I’m grateful to all those who volunteer, including my poor friends who have their arms twisted. The event couldn’t happen without them.”
Freshwater Lifeboat, along with 26 kayakers and six support boats, ensured the safety of all swimmers as they crossed the Solent. Glanvilles Damant Legal Services sponsored the event and distributed medals. The Needles Pleasure Cruise also helped get swimmers to the starting point on the day.
Laura Haytack, Wessex Cancer Support’s regional fund-raising manager, said: “I am in absolute awe of our brave swimmers who not only completed the cross-Solent swim but have raised a phenomenal amount for Islanders affected by cancer.”
More than £50,000 has already been raised, and, as swimmers continue to collect donations, this amount is expected to rise.
Wessex Cancer Support will be looking to release spaces for next year’s Swim for Hope in the next couple of weeks. Next year’s swim is due to take place on Sunday, June 30.