Woman in waves at seaside

A selfless swimmer is making a splash with her 60th birthday celebrations by completing 60 fundraising ‘wild swims’.

Gaynor Bentley is diving headfirst into fundraising, by swimming across 60 different wild locations, including the Rivelin Valley, in Sheffield, and Spring Lakes, in Nottingham.
Gaynor, who turned 60 in April, is keen to raise funds for us after we provided support for her late mum, Ada Clayton, from Heanor. Our Hospice at Home nurses provided end of life care in Ada’s own home – including overnight stays.

Amazing Charity

I want to be able to give back to this amazing charity, whose nurses would care for mum through the night to give me a night off from caring for her. This meant I could have a good night’s sleep and recharge my batteries. I wouldn’t have got through without them.


Gaynor has already completed three of her 60 swims, even battling sub-zero temperatures and snow. “Swimming in the snow was lovely until I got out and realised I couldn’t feel my hands and fingers. So trying to dry off and get dressed was quite a challenge!"

A huge thank you to Gaynor – she is just amazing! This is such an innovative and fabulous way to fundraise for us.

Cheryl Morris, Treetops Community Relationships Manager

Woman in front of shell sculpture
Woman wild swimming in a river
Follow Gaynor’s journey on Instagram or head to her Just Giving page to make a donation. Feeling inspired to raise money for us? Please get in touch!