So, here we are with about 3 months to go. Having never done an open water swim before, a lucky twist of fate saw the 2-mile swim sold out by the time I booked, forcing me into the one mile swim which remains a huge challenge. I am imagining a terrifying cauldron of swimmers; a mass of swimming hats and tow-floats around me!

Many of you know that I have been a cleft advanced nurse practitioner for many years with The Spires Cleft Team in Oxford. I have witnessed first hand, how all the money raised will be put to excellent use in the UK and overseas to hugely improve cleft care for many families, who will be enormously grateful.

Thank you so much to all my sponsors and for the encouragement that you are giving me to complete this challenge. Jane Sibley