Kirtsy Taylor is preparing to swim the length of Coniston Water... all in the name of charity.
She will take part in the Chill Swim event on September 6, plunging into the cold waters of the Lake District .
Taking on the 5.25-mile challenge may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but Kirsty is determined two raise money for two good causes - Macmillan Cancer Support and St George’s Preparatory School PTA funds.
“I have lost several family members and also seen my mum and close friend suffer with cancer,” Kirsty told The Standard.
“In reality, one in three of us will be affected during our lives, a scary statistic.”
Kirsty, 35, also wants to make a donation to St George’s - where her two children attend - to help them convert a current out building into a discovery area.
Coniston Water may offer an imposing challenge, but for Kirsty, who lives in Kirton, it is a chance to push herself a little bit further.
She has previously completed the one-mile Great East Swim and the Humanrace Women-Only 3km swim at Eton Dorney rowing lake, seeing her raise £700 for Boston CAB and £415 for St George’s PTA funds respectively.
Daredevil Kirsty’s fundraising exploits haven’t ended their either.
In 2010 she raised £700 for the Butterfly Hospice Trust following a 15,00 feet skydive, and she has also helped out Cancer Research UK by completing three Race For Life events - one while six-months pregnant.
She is now aiming to raise a total of £600 from her latest challenge, which she hopes to complete in around three-and-a-half hours.
You can sponsor Kirtsy at her Just Giving page by logging on to https://www.justgiving.com/Kirsty-Taylor21/