Deaf News: Women swim 22-miles to raise money for deaf-friendly swimming lessons

Posted on August 5, 2014

PDDCS News has reported that two swimming instructors from Peterborough have swum the equivalent of the English Channel between Dover and Calais to raise money for deaf children’s swimming lessons.


Julie Longland and Lisa Ryan

Julie Longland and Lisa Ryan, who currently teach deaf children to swim as part of sessions run by PDDCS (Peterborough and District Deaf Children’s Society), wanted to expand the numbers of instructors with basic sign language and deaf awareness skills to make more sessions accessible to deaf children.

In order to pay for the classes, Lisa and Julie decided to raise money by swimming the 22-miles from Oundle in Northamptonshire to Peterborough and called it the Nene-Channel Challenge.


It was pitch black and 10pm when the Nene Channel Challenge came to an end. Greeted by jubilant friends, family and supporters, Julie Longland and Lisa Ryan emerged from the chilly river after a swim that had covered 22-miles in 16 hours. 

The challenge is the equivalent of swimming the English Channel between Dover and Calais and took Julie and Lisa along the winding course of the Nene from Oundle in Northamptonshire to Peterborough’s Ferry Meadow’s Park and the iconic Milton Ferry Bridge.  

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