Marathon Swimming Challenge 

Next time you go for a dip in your local pool to cool off this summer, think of Elisabeth Galvin who is swimming 14km down the Thames to raise money for clean-water projects in India and Nepal. 

Elisabeth, who swam across the English Channel in 2002, has been training hard for the challenge on Sunday 6 August from Henley-on-Thames to Marlow. “Living in East Sheen near the Thames means I’ve really enjoyed training in the river,” says Elisabeth. “I get some funny looks though – some canoeists who passed me near Kingston said I was half dolphin!” 

Elisabeth trains up to two hours at a time both in the swimming pool and open water. On 14 July this year she took part in a relay crossing from England to France with her sister and four other swimmers. 

“I love open-water swimming and I am looking forward to the Thames Marathon challenge. I am so pleased to be swimming for FRANK Water, which improves people’s access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in India and Nepal. Please sponsor me if you possibly can.” 

If you would like to make a donation for Elisabeth’s swim, support her through Just Giving:

More information about FRANK Water can be found at

Article supplied by Elisabeth Galvin