A TETBURY business manager has set herself the challenge to swim one kilometre in the sea to raise awareness for the protection of the British coastline.

On July 12, Heather Scott, 52, will be swimming in the sea off the coast of Eastbourne to help charity The Marine Conservation Society. Over the next two months she will be swimming more than 32,000 metres in her local pool as she prepares for the charity’s Big Sea Swim.

Despite her love of swimming, Heather is nervous about the task.

“I think it must be at least 30 years if not longer since I last did anything like this,” she said. “You just don’t know what is lurking beneath you in open water.”

Tetbury’s Turtle Mat Company, where Heather works, is a long-standing supporter of the Marine Conservation Society and has raised more than £5,000 for the charity. The company also adopted 20 turtles for 20 customers on World Turtle Day.

To support her, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/heather-turtlemat

To find out more about the challenge, visit turtlemat.co.uk/blog/big-sea-swim