Heather Johnson


Total raised:


(offline: £1,012.48)

With Gift Aid: £9,669.14

Target: £5,000.00

Page created by
Helen Smith on 20/02/2017

Heather Johnson

We swim because we are too sexy for sports that require clothes!
Swimming the English Channel....perspective is all that's needed....isn't it? More people have climbed Everest. Yet here we are, signed, sealed and well on our way to being delivered as 'Team Aitch Sea Jays' in September 2017.
Our journey began almost 5 years ago when we decided to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation by taking part in the Marlow Open Water and the Great London Open Water Swims 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 anti every year, completing longer and longer swims until here we are at the start of season 5 and our challenge, once again, is a step up to that of a 2 (wo)man English Channel Relay in September 2017.
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 collected over the course of the season and we then take a trip out 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. We dread to think what any unsuspecting diver might think should they stumble upon our little trove.
In choosing our team name, we knew that it needed to be meaningful. We spent a morning scribbling, chatting, laughing and deliberating over some great (and some definitely not so great!) possibilities. We both agreed that we wanted something that encompassed all 3 of us, and we eventually settled on 'Atich Sea Jays'. Albeit a little odd to pronounce, its a name that carries a perfectly simple explanation - as children, we all had the same initials 'HCJ'.
They say that real 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. H2O = 2 hearts 1 obsession.
Every day, we know that Heather is watching and that she is immensely proud of us, just as we are proud of the legacy she left behind in her children Hollie, David, the late Charlie and her remarkable grandsons Charlie and Finley.
Pariter.In Aeternum.Quocumque
Donations 158


Somebody helped me and asked for a donation to Heart Foundation in return, so thought the best is to give through you!


Guy Fernback

Incredible effort.


Catherine Hamilton-Plant

Great cause and thank you for inspiring me! Look forward to braving the cold with you sometime! :))


Windmill Pub


Steve Moore

Well done!


May & Pete

Well done xx


MW House


McMillan Williams

Well done from staff at MW


Lynne and Jean

Well done ladies x


WKD Winnersh

From all the customers at WKD, Winnersh xx

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