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Posted on 21 September 2018

Kindhearted fundraiser to make a big splash for SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services

A generous local physiotherapist is about to take the plunge for her 50th birthday by taking up a daring new challenge – and raising funds for SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services.

For her 50th birthday, Lynne Midwinter, who works at Physio & Therapies in Todmorden, decided she wanted to take on a big challenge, stretch herself both physically and mentally, and raise money for an important charity.

She subsequently elected to form a relay team and has dedicated herself to training for her big challenge – swimming the length of the Channel (approx. 30 miles).

Lynne chose to raise money for Jane’s Place, SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services’ award winning Recovery Refuge, the first of its kind in the North to offer safe and secure temporary accommodation for women and children at risk of domestic abuse, who have additional complex needs.

Jane’s Place in named after Jane Clough, who was brutally killed by her ex-partner in 2010.

The team will set off from Dover Marina on Saturday 22nd September, and are aiming to land in France between 18 and 24 hours later.

Lynne said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the training. Swimming isn’t something new to me but, before June, I’d never swum in open water and I’ve had a steep learning curve getting to know the vagaries of sea swimming – not to mention the temperatures!

“Every pound I raise will help Jane’s Place support women in dire straits and the children they are raising.”

Helen Gauder, SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services Manager, said:

“We want to wish Lynne all the best with her swim challenge. It must be such a daunting task to undertake, and we’re incredibly grateful for the amazing effort Lynne is putting in to raise money for Jane’s Place.

“The money she has raised will make a really big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”

To support Lynne’s fundraising effort, you can donate to her JustGiving page:

For more information about SafeNet Domestic Abuse and Support Services and Jane’s Place, visit

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