Hundreds of swimmers were diving into a charity challenge at this year’s Jane Tomlinson Yorkshire Swimming Festival.
Around 350 fundraisers made a splash with a 500m or 1,500m open water swim, or an Aquathlon – a 1km swim followed by a 5km run – at Pugneys Country Park near Wakefield on Sunday.
Amputee Vicki Gilbert, 40, pictured left, from Yeadon, swam the 1,500m event in 41 minutes for Charlie’s Cause – a charity set up to support a young Leeds boy battling leukaemia.
Vicki had to have her leg removed after a misdiagnosis of cancer when she was a teenager.
The mum-of-three received £1.2m compensation after a series of medical blunders led to a bone cyst being misdiagnosed as a tumour.
She said: “It was a really good atmosphere at the swim – everyone is really nice and helpful and you chat to lots of fellow swimmers.
“I had some problems with my goggles which slowed me down so I’ll definitely try it again next year.”
Emma Morris, from Rothwell, also took part in the 1,500m swim to raise money for the charity NeST, which funds research into Nephrotic Syndrome – a condition that affects her three-year-old son Oliver.
The annual charity event was organised by Jane Tomlinson’s Swim For All.
Swim For All Event lead Charlie Tatman said: “Our Swimming Festival is completely different to all of our other events and is a great challenge for someone who wants to try something new.
“It’s been really popular over the last two years and this year is no different.”