Pauline channels her swimming energy

A SPECIALIST nurse working at a Sheffield hospital has been taking to the water in an English Channel challenge raising money for a support group for her patients.

Pauline Mark, a specialist rheumatology nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, set herself the challenge of swimming 1,180 lengths in 16 weeks - the equivalent distance of the English Channel.

Initially she had a target of 100 - intended to cover the cost of a meeting room for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society Sheffield support group, which meets every two months.

But as she approaches the end of her challenge today, she has already collected more than 600 in donations.

The funds will be used to support the charity's work providing advice for patients through information packs and a dedicated helpline.

Pauline, aged 50, from Greystones, said: "The group is actually moving rooms from its old base at the Hallamshire into a new meeting room in town in the hope that the more convenient location will encourage more people to go along.

"Swimming has always been something I've taken part in and enjoyed so it seemed the obvious choice when I decided I wanted to do some fundraising. It's been really brilliant how everyone has got behind me."

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