Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society swimmer Mark Westaway has made a special presentation to Vranch House, an Independent Day School in Exeter for children with physical difficulties, a centre for the treatment of outpatients, and a provider of various therapies throughout Devon, with a cheque for £1000.00, writes Ian Lang.

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Westaway, who swam the channel in 2008, raised the money by swimming the length of Windermere, England’s longest lake, breaststroke. Westaway and his family experienced the important work of Vranch House first hand when Mark and Nicki’s son attended school there and they wanted to give something back to the charity.

Over the last few years Westaway has been competing in shorter swims to train and build up his endurance over the new stroke. He competed in the Exmouth Fairway and Starcross Swims, Coniston and Ulswater winning the breaststroke championships in all four championships; last year breaking a 48-year old record for swimming the length of Ulswater in breaststroke.

Westaway completed the longest breaststroke swim in Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society’s history in a time of six-hours-and-44-minutes, winning the breaststroke championship and battling a strong headwind throughout his swim.

For more information on swimming in Exmouth visit www.exmouthswimming.org

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