Losing her parents inspires Louise to swim the Thames

INSPIRED Louise Turtle is taking part in a one-mile open water swim to raise money for Cancer Research. Picture: Steve Reid (132318-359)
INSPIRED Louise Turtle is taking part in a one-mile open water swim to raise money for Cancer Research. Picture: Steve Reid (132318-359)

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LOSING both her parents to cancer inspired Louise Turtle to do something special for charity.

The 29-year-old will swim a mile in the River Thames in London to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of her parents Nancy and Stuart.

On Saturday, Louise, of Dorking Crescent, in Cosham, will start at Victoria Dock in east London and will be joined by other people doing the swim for the charity. She doesn’t know anyone else doing the event, and said it’s an achievement.

She said: ‘The reason I decided to do the swim was to do something for the charity that helped my parents massively. Cancer touches nearly everyone and, unfortunately, I lost both my parents to it.

‘My mum died of secondary breast cancer four years ago and, four months ago, I lost my dad to cancer too. We were a really close family and it has been hard.

‘So I wanted to raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.

‘Losing my parents has been a massive inspiration for me and I want to do them proud.’

Louise doesn’t have a set target on how much she wants to raise but so far, she has got just over £500.

She added: ‘My family and friends have been really supportive and I am pleased with what I’ve managed to raise so far.

‘I’m really looking forward to it now but I do wish I had done more training for it. I do swim quite regularly so it’s not like I won’t be fit enough.

‘I have always enjoyed being in the water, I just wish I had done more swimming in the sea because the Thames isn’t going to be like a swimming pool. But with so many other people doing it, it should be fine.’

And even with TV star David Walliams getting sick while completing his 140-mile Thames charity swim, Louise isn’t worried.

She said: ‘I have checked with the doctor and he said I should be fine as long as I don’t swallow too much water. But it’s about raising money and I just can’t wait to start it now.’

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Louise-Turtle1984