Store manager swims 10k for charity at Dereham Leisure Centre

A keen swimmer has raised �650 for charity after completing 400 lengths of Dereham Leisure Centre's pool today.

Gemma Paige, 30, from Mattishall, swam 10k over three and a half hours without stopping.

After the challenge, she said: 'It was tougher than I thought it would be. The last 100 lengths were the hardest. I had a lot of people wishing me well. I might not go swimming for a little while but I still love it.'

Miss Paige, who is a store manager at Costa Coffee in Riverside, Norwich, raised �325 which will be matched by the company.

All the money will go towards the Costa Foundation, which provides funds for coffee growing communities across the world, including Guatemala, in central America, and Ethiopia.


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THe store manager first started swimming at the beginning of this year to keep fit and swims at Dereham Leisure Centre four times a week. At each session she normally swims 2k.

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