Swimming the Forth to Raise money for Disadvantaged Scots
August 26, 2016
Tom Mallows will be hoping the killer whales, sighted off the Isle of May last year, are not planning a return visit to the Firth of Forth next month – then again, they may provide an incentive for him to swim a bit quicker! On Sunday 11 September 2016, Venture Trust board member Tom will be taking part in Vigour Events’ Firth of Forth Swim, joining over 100 other swimmers to embark on an open water swim from South Queensferry to North Queensferry. In doing so, he aims to raise over £1,000 for Venture Trust, a charity which supports some of Scotland’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people and adults.
Tom’s swim across the Forth is in keeping with Venture Trust’s focus on using outdoor Scottish environments to help individuals overcome challenging life circumstances. Participants on its programmes are taken on a 5-10 day ‘wilderness journey’ where they get time and space away from their chaotic lives. Through wild camping, outdoor and group activities, they are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to develop confidence, motivation, and strategies to help them overcome problems when they get back home.
Tom’s preparation for the event has included wild swimming off the East Lothian coast at Gullane, Tyninghame and Belhaven Bay, as well as swimming at the Whiteadder Resevoir. Tom, who joined Venture Trust’s board last year said, “The fact physical activities and the outdoors can actually help your day to day life and mental wellbeing – that is why I thought I would do something quite active to raise money for Venture Trust.” Tom’s 1.4 mile swim will follow the achievements of other Venture Trust board members who have previously endured punishing obstacles, freezing water, mud and the steep incline of a Scottish hill or two. The Firth of Forth Swim will certainly push Tom to his limits – he aims to complete the crossing in under an hour.