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World Mental Health Day

Former Lifeguard Swims 10km for Mental Health Charity

On World Mental Health Day (October 10), former lifeguard at Grimsby Pool, Lydia Norburn completes an impressive 10km swim to raise funds for mental health charity Mind.

A marathon of a swim

A 10km swim is 400 lengths of the 25m pool at Grimsby Leisure Centre and is regarded by many as the equivalent of what a marathon is to a runner.

A former member of Cleethorpes and District Swimming Club (CADS) and lifeguard at the pool until 2020, Lydia has always been a keen swimmer. Fundraising for Mind, combines her love of swimming with a passion for helping others.

After graduating from Hull University in Psychology in 2021, Lydia worked for Mind’s Mental Health Advice and Support Line.

Mind is a charity close to my heart and through my career I’ve been lucky enough to see the amazing work it does. Working for them and seeing the impact the team have on people’s lives was really rewarding. Exercise is great for helping with mental health, especially swimming. I hope that by completing this challenge, I can raise both funds and awareness.


As she undertook the swim earlier today, Lydia had the support of former colleagues and friends at the pool who cheered her on every metre of the way! Well done to Lydia on her achievement.

Mind is a charity in England and Wales. It estimates one in four people have mental health problems and through information, advice and local services, seeks to support those affected.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Lydia can still do so via her just giving page.

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