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Wild swimming – the adventures of Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips took to the river Wye on Sunday 24th September, to do a wild swim and raise money for Livability. We asked him a few questions about his inspiring story.

What inspired you to do a wild swim?

I really enjoy swimming and my brother Ben does lots of swimming events so I wanted to do something with him. A wild swim was perfect as it also raised money for Livability – a charity that is close to my heart.

How long have you been wild swimming for?

I’ve been wild swimming all my life. It’s something we always did as kids.

What’s great about wild swimming – and what’s difficult!?

Swimming is peaceful and relaxing and it’s even better in the wild surrounded by beautiful countryside. It’s a bit chilly! That’s the worst part…but you soon warm up!

What’s your connection with Livability and why did you choose to support us?

I’ve been carrying out maintenance for Livability Wall Street Hereford and have got to know the amazing staff and wonderful residents over the last 2 years. I wanted to do something to support the excellent work they do. Through going there I have realised how great a job the staff do for all of the people that live there and how they work tirelessly to ensure that the best quality of life is provided, every step of the way.

Why do you think the work of Livability is so important?

Livability makes a big difference to people’s lives.

What difference do you hope to make through your swim?

I hoped to raise some money to help Wall Street pay for the facilities they need.

What did you learn about yourself in doing this swim?

That I can do more if I put my mind to it and we’re all capable of more than we think we are.

What message would you like to give to other people thinking about doing a challenge like this?

Go for it! It’s a great way to exercise whilst enjoying Mother Nature and raising money for a fantastic cause.

Find out more about Mike’s challenge on his Just Giving page.

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