Jenni Deane, from Edinburgh, took part in Swimathon two years ago when she was 14 in honour of her father who died from lung cancer and was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh.
Jenni said: "I took part in Swimathon because I wanted to give something back to Marie Curie, who provided such excellent care to my dad and my family in his last few weeks at the hospice. I love swimming. Dad used to take me to swimming pretty much every day and Swimathon takes place near his birthday in April and so taking part was like a tribute to him. I decided to swim 5k for Swimathon – it took me an hour and 20 minutes. I did it without stopping for a break. I don’t usually swim that far so I think it helped make me a better swimmer.
I did Swimathon on my own, but my school friends came to watch. It was really fun and lots of people sponsored me – even people I’ve never met and I raised £880 which I am really proud of.”