Swimmer praises incredible community support as she completes 24km charity challenge
By Joseph Macey
16th Sep 2021 | Local News
On Saturday evening Lauren Turner was roared into Gyllynvase Beach, Falmouth as she completed a 24 over 24 charity challenge.
Calling it the "hardest but most amazing thing" she has ever done, Lauren saw off 24km over 24 beaches in one day to raise money for disaster relief charity ShelterBox.
Living in Truro, Lauren works as a response team member at ShelterBox and spoke to Nub News about the challenge earlier this month.
Lauren told Nub News:
"I got through the whole thing with the incredible support of an amazing support crew of a family and best friends who kept me smiling the whole way and when things got hard I remembered that I was just swimming home to my family who were all waiting for me on Gylly.
"The swim was the hardest but most amazing thing I have done, to see the incredible support from the whole community.
"There were a few low points on the swim when I thought that I couldn't do it but I just kept remembering why I was doing it and that powered me onwards. I am so proud of what I have achieved and knowing that the money raised can help a number of families when they lose everything."
The fundraising total currently stands at £4,878, you can make a donation here.
Lauren was supported by her husband Mark and Clare from SureSwim Kernow on kayaks.
Lauren began the swim at Polkerris Beach at 6am on Saturday morning swimming 4.5km past Par Beach.
The final stretch was from Swanpool to Gylly Beach, Lauren added:
"At that point, I could hardly move my left arm. I was greeted by around 30 Stand Up paddleboarders all with Solar Lights on their boards as dusk was kicking in they screamed and shouted me into the beach where I was overwhelmed by the crowd of people, the restaurant-goers all stood up and cheered, people were on their balconies and over 50 people all with Solar Lights cheered me in, including all my fellow ShelterBox colleagues and my family."
An amazing effort from Lauren, huge congratulations!