The early start and the challenges of open water swimming won’t stop Jude Harford taking part in the very first Swim Serpentine event in support of the safety charity SafeWise this weekend.

Jude, a local mum of two is a very keen supporter of SafeWise having experienced first-hand the fantastic work being undertaken by the charity. Following a road crossing near miss, Jude first brought her son and some of his friends to find out from the experts how to stay safe near and on the roads.

Swim Serpentine is a new two-day open water swimming festival that will be staged in the heart of London over the weekend of 24-25 September 2016. The event is organised by London Marathon Events, and will be held in and around the beautiful Serpentine in Hyde Park, the venue for the open water swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. 6,000 swimmers will have the chance to swim one mile in open water in the mass-participation event. Every swimmer will be allocated to a specific start wave and there will be a total of 18 waves of swimmers setting off at regular intervals during the day.

Jude says “I jumped at the chance to raise money for such a worthwhile cause, the work undertaken daily by the SafeWise charity is immense for all ages and cover a number of safety issues. It wasn’t until I visited the centre that I could fully appreciate the scope of what they do on a daily basis and it is all delivered in a fun, safe and informative way. My children and their friends often recall what they have learned from our visit and I know they are looking forward to going again soon!

To support Jude’s challenge, please visit her fund raising page