Alfresco Swim Raises Money for Nottinghamshire Museum

Kay Humpries after completing her swim

Kay Humphries has started a month-long fundraising campaign for the Framework Knitters Museum by taking part in the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere last Friday.

Audrey Winkler, Chairman of the museum trustees and Kay’s mother, said “I’m immensely proud of Kay, and extremely thankful that she chose to raise money for the Framework Knitters Museum with her swim.”

Kay swam the 5KM race in a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes and 44 seconds. This time placed her 7th out of the women in the 50-54 year old age group, and 267th out of the total 585 competitors, male and female of all ages.

The museum, on Chapel Street in Ruddington, is currently in the middle of a massive fundraising drive to raise a total of £750,000. This money will be used to redevelop the site to include an adjoining cottage they have recently purchased, doubling the exhibition space and creating a new visitor centre. They have already achieved over £150,000 of their target, and have more fundraising events coming up throughout the year.

Kay said, “I only started open water swimming a year ago and absolutely love it. The fact I was able to raise money for such a great cause, and support the museum my mum puts so much time and effort into, made this swim even more rewarding.

The Great North Swim takes place over three days. It is Europe’s biggest open swimming event, with over 10000 swimmers challenging themselves by swimming a variety of distances in the open water of Lake Windermere.

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