I did it! I completed the sponsored swim in the Exe estuary, Devon and raised just over £5,500! Thank you all so much for your support. Donations came in as I swam every day in February at high tides, in water temperatures ranging from 2 – 9 degrees, through snow, the Beast from the East, rain, moonlight and finally sun.
Covering a daily distance of up to 1.1k in a swimsuit in the estuary at the end of our road, my initial goal was to swim seven miles over the course of the month but by the end managed eight and a half.
Sponsor money will go to help Bangladeshi students receive a world class training in photo journalism at Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka. Since 2011 the Banks family have supported over 35 students from low income families through annual fund raising events. The covid pandemic has hit low income families in Dhaka particularly hard and the students are more than ever in need of support right now.
Updates of swim progress will be posted on https://www.facebook.com/groups/sambanksmemorialfund and instagram sambanksfund2010