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Channel swimmer Vicky smashes her targets for WaterAid

Vicky Miller’s Channel swim has put her in the top 30 for fastest British females ever – while raising £7,995 for WaterAid.

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25 Jul 2014 | UK

When Vicky Miller decided to head to France this summer, she didn't jump online and start looking at flights.

Instead, she planned the route she'd be taking across the Channel – in the water.

Already a keen competitive swimmer, Vicky covered the 22 mile route in an incredible 11 hours and 7 minutes, smashing the average time of 13 and a half hours and putting her in the top 30 for fastest British females ever.

And, to top it all off, she's raised a phenomenal £7,955 for WaterAid, well over her £1,500 target and enough to transform the lives of over 480 people in some of the world's poorest communities with clean water and safe toilets.

"Swimming 22 miles without a wetsuit in water of around 16 degrees, without being able to touch the support boat or anyone else, was a big challenge for me," says Vicky.

"It went really well, though the waves got pretty rough in the second half and I was also stung by jellyfish. My team put messages on a whiteboard for me to read during the swim with the fundraising total and it always made me so happy to see what was being raised!"

Watch the video from Vicky’s amazing challenge here:


"Vicky’s efforts will make a lasting difference to people’s lives around the world," says Emma Blake, Senior Fundraising Officer at WaterAid.

"The money she has raised is enough to transform the lives of hundreds of people, giving them the chance of a brighter future through safe, clean water and toilets."

Inspired by Vicky's incredible achievement? Make a donation on her JustGiving page or sign up for your own challenge here >