Alex completes end-to-end Windermere swim for CALM

Recruitment Funding Solutions is proud to announce that our Managing Director, Alex Grant, successfully completed an end-to-end charity swim of Lake Windermere last Saturday, 8th July 2023.

Alex managed to surpass his original fundraising target of £1,000, raising a total of £1,280 for mental health charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). 


About Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against suicide. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this by offering life-saving services, provoking conversation, and bringing people together to reject living miserably. From advice on their site to free, confidential chats with our helpline staff, online or on the phone, CALM are here for whoever needs them, every day. No matter what. £8 is enough to fund one potentially life-saving call.


About the challenge


As the longest lake in the country, Windermere end-to end is England’s longest swim. The total distance of the swim is 17.7km. It’s not just the distance that makes the swim a real challenge of mental and physical endurance either – Windermere is also well known for it’s colder water temperature, with the average water temperature  ranging from 11°C to 15°C at this time of year.

I’m delighted to have completed the Windermere swim. During these longer swims, you have a lot of thinking time which can be good and bad. It’s in those moments when you’ve been swimming for 4 or 5 hours and you’re starting to tire and shiver a bit that it’s important to remember why you’re doing it all. I know the money raised as part of this event will be put to fantastic use and will benefit lots of people suffering with their mental health so the brief period of suffering in a cold lake in the Lake District was well worth it to support people that are suffering themselves. We’re already looking towards the next bigger swimming challenge to hopefully raise even more money for important causes like CALM

We’d like to congratulate Alex once again on this fantastic achievement, and also extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated.


If you’d like to find out more about Alex’s journey and training towards the Windermere you can visit his JustGiving page here.

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