"It’s a real mix of health benefits. For my physical health, I’ve always swam, but it’s particularly beneficial for my mental health. I’m a single mum, I work, and my daughter has a disability so sometimes that can be a bit challenging, and the place I go to relax and zone out is swimming. Sometimes I go with my friends and we have a laugh, other times I’m going for a particular purpose and swim harder. I swam the English Channel last year, so a lot of that was about distance training. In the winter I ice swim, which is my absolute favourite, and you haven’t really got time to play mermaids because the water’s not too warm, so the winter really is my time where I really concentrate on my stroke and my breathing. In the summer, I am trying to get a little bit faster, but I find myself just generally out there having fun really. I’ve got a group of friends I go with on a Friday, we call them our “Fun Friday Swims” to make everyone jealous, and we try to swim somewhere we haven’t been before, and maybe take a picnic or go and have coffee and cake or fish and chips. In the winter, I’m the one badgering everyone to go swimming because people aren’t as keen, but now, in the summer I go twice, three times a day if I get the chance! Normally I go three or four times a week."