Mum’s big swim

Angela is pictured with son Jamie
Angela is pictured with son Jamie
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AN ASTHMATIC mum will fulfil a lifetime’s ambition when she swims the English Channel next month.

Angela Bullen, of Neville Drive, Thornton, will swim the 21 miles from Dover to Calais as part of a six-man relay team.

Despite suffering from asthma since birth, it has been the young mum’s life-long dream and thanks to an anonymous sponsor and months of training she is ready to take on the challenge.

Angela told The Gazette: “I have always wanted to swim the Channel and I enjoy swimming but my involvement happened by chance.

“I was taking part in a swimathon last September and happened to mention I have always wanted to swim the Channel.

“Someone else taking part knew of a team who were looking for an extra member and before I knew it I was signed up.

“I am nervous because although a relay- style swim is less of a challenge you still have to deal with the 500 ships crossing the Channel and the sea sickness on the boat between swims.

“My asthma hasn’t caused too many problems, I have had my inhaler in my swimming costume at all times but have only had to stop and use it once or twice.

“I think the swimming, which has obviously improved my fitness has improved the asthma as well really because my breathing is more controlled.”

The mum-of-one will raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support after an anonymous sponsor donated £500 towards her escort pilot boat fee – required to cross the stretch of water.

She said: “I kept deliberating who to donate my money to, I had friends who all had really good reasons why I should raise money for a particular charity and I didn’t want to upset anyone. But then strangely I received an anonymous e-mail from someone wanting to pay the fee for the escort pilot boat if I raised money for Macmillan Cancer.

“That made my decision a lot easier and I am grateful for the sponsor – whoever he or she is – it has really made my dream possible.”

Angela will join five other swimmers from across the UK for the challenge on July 1.