Deborah to swim the Solent to raise funds for charities

WATER CHALLENGE Deborah Herridge, 46, is swimming 14 miles for charity
WATER CHALLENGE Deborah Herridge, 46, is swimming 14 miles for charity
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A DETERMINED swimmer will be making a splash by swimming the Solent twice for charity.

Deborah Herridge is swimming 14 miles across the Solent from Hill Head Sailing Club to Ryde, Isle of Wight, and back again to raise funds for assistance dog charity Canine Partners and Cancer Research UK.

The fundraiser, named Quantum of Solent Two – Return of the Tide, follows a one-way 7.5-mile sea swim in 2014.

In a bid to challenge herself, she has almost doubled the distance and will be swimming for around eight hours.

The 46-year-old hopes to be able to complete the challenge this weekend but the feat is weather dependent.

Following Channel Swimming Association Rules, she will only wear a swimming costume, cap and goggles.

Deborah, of Lee-On-Solent, said: ‘I have been volunteering for Canine Partners since 2009.

‘Through the charity I have made many friends who have disabilities and I have seen first-hand how these amazing assistance dogs change their lives.

‘If anything ever happened to me or anyone I know, I would hope that someone would help me to get an assistance dog.

‘This is why I swim, because I am able to and, through doing it, I can help someone less fortunate.’

Deborah is also swimming for Cancer Research UK.

She added: ‘Far too many people I know have received the devastating news that they have cancer.

‘Some people have sadly lost their battle, some are still fighting their battle, and some have won the battle and are back to full health.

‘With more research, together we can all fight this terrible disease. This is why I am also supporting Cancer Research UK.’

Anyone who is interested in supporting Deborah should visit

For further information on helping Canine Partners by taking on a challenge, fundraising, and volunteering, contact 08456 580480 or visit