English Channel

‘Channel’ swimmer hits her target

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

David Walliams' good luck message to 'Channel swim' girl

A 10-year-old girl swam the equivalent distance of the English Channel - in her garden.

Connie Emmett has done the 34,000 strokes of the crawl needed to cover 23 miles in a paddling pool - all for her local hospital.

The BBC first spoke to Connie Emmett, from Cranleigh, when she embarked on her task, with comedian and Channel swimmer David Walliams sending her his best wishes.

Connie raised £2,300 for the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.

A serious competition swimmer, Connie has continued to use the pool during lockdown, and her mum Sarah estimates that she's probably covered enough distance now to have returned from France.

Unsurprisingly, Connie wants to have a go at swimming the real thing when she's old enough.