Lyndsey French did more than dip her toe in the water as she completed the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere for St Catherine’s Hospice.
The 26-year-old from Bamber Bridge raised £1,390 for the Lostock Hall-based hospice.
She said: “I found the swim a lot harder than I expected because it was so cold and I swallowed a lot of water but it was a great atmosphere and I felt relieved when it was finished.
“All the stewards at the event were amazing, they pulled me out of the water at the end because I couldn’t feel my legs!
“St Catherine’s is a cause really close to me and I know it relies on fund-raising to do the work it does.
“I was so grateful to my employer, Elite Telecom, based in Buckshaw Village, for sponsoring me such a generous amount, when my JustGiving page jumped up by £1,000 I knew there was no backing out of it.
“Separately I also did a sweepstake for a ‘guess the swim time’ and raised another £95 for the Manchester terror attack victims fund.
"Friends family and colleagues all got involved choosing times for £1 a guess. I completed the swim in 42 minutes and awarded the two sweepstake winners prizes.”