FORMER Court Fields School, Wellington, student Alison Croughton has swum the English Channel as a member of a six-person relay team to raise money for charity.

Alison, who was born in Wellington, is the daughter of a Milverton woman who has Parkinson’s Disease.

She said: “We all swam an hour each, three of us in the pitch black, landing in France at 5 pm their time. The highlights for me: the night swim – how often can you say you swam the Channel at night; and the icing on the cake – seeing a pod of dolphins on the way back.”

Her team is hoping to raise £1,500 to support the work of Parkinson’s UK. After leaving Court Fields Alison studied Agricultural Engineering at Somerset College of Arts and Technology. She moved to Thame in 1986 as a student to continue her studies and still lives there.She qualified as a civil engineer and eventually became a construction project manager, most recently working for Chiltern Railways for 16 years.

Pictured are the Channel team (from left) Phil Nobes, Zoe Tridgell, Pete White (crew), Emma Gibbard, Maddie Davey, Jessica Harold, Alison Croughton.

Wellington Weekly News by Mark Pritchett