At the end of September, Hannah Crompton (00-11) along with five other members of Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron (YUAS) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves, will embark upon their biggest venture to date, as they attempt to swim the English Channel to raise money for four charities, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, The Peter Pan Nursery and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
YUAS is based at RAF Church Fenton near Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. The Squadron is made up of 80 undergraduate students who are studying at universities across the Yorkshire region; whilst serving as Officer Cadets in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves. The students undertake military training during their time with the Squadron: undergoing basic flying training, sport and adventurous training in order to experience what the RAF has to offer and to develop them as individuals. Fundamentally YUAS offers the perfect opportunity to get involved and be challenged, which brings us on to this year’s Channel swim.
The Channel Swim is not for the faint hearted. With a distance of over 21 miles in open water to complete, it requires a serious amount of training and preparation. The team have been working hard training at locations across the country, but locally at Tadcaster swimming pool, and at Wakefield Triathlon Club’s open water lake, in water temperatures of 15°C. Hannah who is studying at Leeds University said “I am really looking forward to swimming the channel. Training is going well so far and it will be an amazing experience and a fantastic challenge”.
If you would like to track the team’s progress throughout the training and the challenge itself, then please join their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/YUASSwimTheChannel), follow them on Twitter (@YorkshireUAS) or visit their webpage (www.YUASSwimTheChannel.com). If you would like to donate, you may do so by visiting the ‘YUAS Swim the Channel’ page on the Virgin Money Giving website. (http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/YUASswimthechannel).
(Hannah pictured in training on the right)