Heather Johnson


Total raised:


(offline: £2,492.48)

With Gift Aid: £23,854.49

Target: £25,000.00

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Helen and Hayley on 20/02/2017

Heather Johnson

Swimming a mile in sub 5-degree water and swimming the English Channel...perspective is all that's needed...isn't it? More people have climbed Everest.

Our journey began almost 8 years ago when we decided to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Marlow Open Water 1-mile swim in memory of our younger sister Heather. Heather was an incredible woman who gave so much of herself to so many and her untimely passing on 16th Dec 2009 from a heart condition we knew nothing about was a shock to us all. Since then we have upped the ante every year, completing longer and more challenging swims that culminated in a 2-person English Channel Relay in September 2017 after 19hrs & 19 mins.

We should have stopped there, but we decided that we have a lot more left in the tank! Helen kicked off 2019 with 2 magnificent ‘Ice Miles’ - a 1 mile swim in sub 5-degree water, placing herself firmly in the record books as the 100th person in England and the 299th person globally to do this and Hayley went on to complete an English Channel Solo Swim in 18hrs 39min on July 23rd. Sadly Coronavirus brought the curtain down on Helen's plans to swim the length of Loch Ness in 2020, but training continues in pursuit of achieving this in 2021. Who knows what will be next!

In choosing our team name, we knew that it needed to be meaningful and something that embodied the 3 of us. We eventually settled on 'Atich Sea Jays'. Albeit a little odd, it’s a name that carries a simple explanation - as children, we all had the same initials 'HCJ'. Over the last few years we have amassed a healthy collection of medals and trophies for our efforts and we have always sought to include Heather in this. At each event the organisers have been only too happy to arrange for us to lay some flowers in the water along the route for Heather and to reward us with a 3rd medal. These are then taken with us on our annual trip to Cyprus, a place that holds some incredible memories of the 3 of us growing up and having so much fun together. There is a small jetty where we decided to place some of Heathers ashes. We now visit this jetty each year in order to share our stories and our collection of rewards with her. The sea bed is somewhat littered with medals that we have left for our mermaid to enjoy.

They say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and every year we have committed to raising the bar. The support and generosity of all of our family and friends has been tested to the maximum, yet they still continue to believe in what we are trying to achieve, both in memory of Heather and in raising awareness of the work and research that the British Heart Foundation do. Every day, we know that Heather is watching and that she is immensely proud of us, just as we are proud of the legacy that she left behind in her children Hollie, David, the late Charlie and her grandsons Charlie and Finley. Pariter.In Aeternum.Quocumque
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Selkie Swim Co

Donation as part of Team Selkie's Charity Challenge


Malina Gupta

What did the Loch Ness monster have for lunch? Fish n' Ships. Best of luck on the swim.


Jason Gill

Best of luck Helen.



Sorry - didn't mean to make you puke. Nessie.



Cruising Loch Ness on 23rd August, amazed to see a swimmer between two boats. Looks it might have been you. Had to donate then. Well done!



Your achievements are amazing. I can barely swim 1000 metres. Hope Nessie gives you her support. Go Helen!


Jackie and Phil (piggy)

Good luck Helen we will all be thinking of you.Love you lots 🏊‍♀️🥰💕🥂xxxx


Laura McKay

Wishing you all the best of luck Helen, we will all be wishing you along and now you are going to smash this!


Kristie kt

Happy Swimming!


Jodie McCombie

Go Helen, what amazing women you and Hayley are. Will be following your progress tonight and sending you all the good vibes. Jodie x

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