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Woman goes the extra length in London lake swim

A shop manager will be throwing herself in at the deep end when she joins 6,000 people for a one mile open water swim in a famous London lake. 
Dave and Maggie in the Lake District
For while Maggie Cousens, 54, knows her strokes, taking part in the Swim Serpentine in Hyde Park on Saturday, September 24, will be a huge personal challenge.  

But raising vital funds for Saint Francis Hospice, which cared for her dad Ted Stenning before he died in 2012, will spur her on. 

"I have been trying to find a challenge that was worthy of raising a substantial amount of money for the hospice and when I saw this one I thought, I can do that," said Maggie, from Orsett. 

"I have never done anything like this before and I am really determined to do it.   

"I know my dad will be with me all the way and it will keep me going knowing he will give me a shove when I need it."  Dave and Maggie in the Lake District

Ted, from Hutton, was able to spend his last days at home with his family thanks to the Hospice at Home team and even though the charity only provided care for a few days, Maggie said it made such a difference to all the family.  

"Everyone we met was really wonderful and supported us right to the end in exceptional ways," she said.                              Maggie and her mum Lilian at the hospice

Maggie, credited her challenge seeking partner Dave Springham, who will be swimming with her, for inspiring her and the pair recently travelled to the Lake District to prepare for the event, which is being held at the venue of the open water swimming competition for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  

To boost her fundraising efforts Maggie, will also be raffling a hamper at N Shelley Boutique in Billericay where she works as a Shop Manager.  

To sponsor Maggie visit justgiving.com/Maggie-Cousens

Dave and Maggie in the Lake District

Dave and Maggie in the Lake District