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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 April, 2003, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
Charity swim team brave cold
Clevedon Pier
The swim took place from the beach by Clevedon pier
A team of businessmen and women have held their first sea training swim in preparation for a sponsored cross-channel challenge.

The swimmers, who will be raising funds for Bristol Cancer Help Centre, hope to cross the English Channel in a relay in July.

Team leader Roger Chubb has been inspired by his aunt Gertrude Willing who attempted to swim the channel in 1920.

"She didn't quite make it but became quite a celebrity at the time," said Mr Chubb, investment partner with Bristol estate agents Hartnell Taylor Cook.

Mr Chubb said that the group of business friends had been practising in pools and the Clevedon swim marked the start of their sea training.

The other members of the team are Robin Townsend, Richard Clarke, Martin Little, Christine Wright, Karen Smallwood, Mark Durnford and Jonathan Rees.


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