Naval Officer’s 1O Mile Swim For Charity

  • Author: BRNC Public Relations
  • Date: Thursday 8th October 2020
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A 26-year-old Royal Navy Officer, from Surrey, has braved the cold water of the River Dart to complete a 10-mile swim for charity. 

Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Lily-Mae Fisher, who is currently training to be a pilot at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), entered the water at Totnes, Devon, and swam down-river to Dartmouth, where she was greeted by friends and colleagues.  Her efforts have so far raised £1436, exceeding her original target of £1000, for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. 

SLt Fisher said:  “It was a brilliant day. The challenge began with a stunning morning swimming in glassy water through Totnes, morale was high between myself and my support crew.  We were even lucky enough to receive a fly-by from a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, which was just fantastic. After stopping for food around half-way, the senior officer mentioned pulling me out if I became any bluer from the cold.  However, that was more motivation to just put down the pedal, warm up and keep going. The Captain and First Lieutenant of the college came and greeted me about a mile out which was a great little push for the final half an hour.  All in all, a lot of money raised for a great charity which was certainly a big motivation at times when it got tough.” 

A regular pool-swimmer this was the first time that SLt Fisher had taken to the water for a charity swim.  Her training for the challenge included a nine-mile swim, with, she said: “a big break and warm up half-way.” 

SLt Fisher swam regularly as a child but gave it up in her early teens.  She said:  “I now just swim, on and off depending on pool availability with different bases, to keep fit and because I enjoy it. Because I’ve been based in the same location for a few months now, I normally swim about 2 km three or four times a week.  This year I wanted to do something worthwhile with everything that has gone on and I wanted to challenge myself with something I had never done before. I think the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is a great charity and helps out all members of the Royal Navy and Marines, both past and present.” 

With this challenge under her belt, SLt Fisher, who joined the Royal Navy in 2019, is already planning the next. 

She said:  “Next year, when the weather improves again I plan to cycle from the Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton in Somerset to RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall and then run back along the South West Coastal path.  It’s over 250 miles, so I’m aiming for around 15 marathons in 15 days across very hilly terrain.   Along with the IronMan training, which I also plan on doing next year, the training for this challenge will start now that the swim has been ticked off.” 

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is the principal charity of the Royal Navy. It exists to support sailors, marines and their families, for life. 

There is still time to support SLt Fisher’s fundraising swim by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LilyMaeFisher

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