What a day of mixed emotions…..
Been up to Reuben’s garden and shed some tears.
Dropped by the pub for a daddy day pint and bumped into some friends and supporters of RR.
Came home for dinner and Isaac and I had a right good cry over Reuben and how much we miss him….
Then I read this from my lovely friend Karen and cried some more….
There’s a lot of courage coming from RR and we are humbled on a daily basis with the challenges that supporters and friends take, in Reuben’s name and memory.
Thank you Karen! thank you all our swimmers and thank you all those taking on the 42 peak challenge this week, the 88 mile cycle to llandudno, the london to Pareeee and the Manchester to Liverpool ~ truly grateful….
I will now hand you over to Karen…………
“So my Great North Swim was not what I expected. I did it last year & so expected it to be easier. However, for the past 10 days I had chest tightness and had got an inhaler from the Doc, who thought I was mad to swim! Anyhoo I knew better so along with another load of crazies we piled into the water. Less than 50m in my chest tightened and I started to panic. It was the single most frightening thing I had even experienced. So I held onto a kayaker who talked to me about getting out. It was then I realised that this personal hell was nothing compared to what Nicola Graham and mike must go through every day since losing Reuben. So I swam! Slowly and uncomfortably & when i got out the water there was no one to cheer for me as Mick and my friends thought I had got out and was frantically looking for me. For me it wasn’t a race but an achievement as I didn’t have to hand back the £575 that I raised for Reuben’s Retreat. Thank you all who gave me the courage to continue by sponsoring me . Lots of love xxx Karen xxx
Isnt that just a whole lake full of “wow”
Thank you thank you ~ ALL!!! and good luck to tomorrows Doggie swim gala too