Marathon swim to raise money for MRI

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The daughter of the founder of the Maritime Rescue institute is going to take on a gruelling swimming challenge to raise money for the charity.

Jillian McDonald, whose father Hamish McDonald funded the institute, is going to swim 10k for the charity.

She plans to swim 400 lengths of Stonehaven pool.

She said: “A 10k swim is seen as a marathon of swimming so I thought this was a fitting challenge.”

She explained why she wanted to raise money. She said: “I live in Marykirk which is too far so be a member of the crew, hence supporting them by trying to raise money.

“In the past I’ve been a member of the lifeboat crew and volunteer most years at the annual harbour festival.

This year I thought I would set myself a personal challenge as well as raising money for MRI. MRI service to Stonehaven is invaluable, providing 24 hour lifeboat cover 365 days of the year. They are independent all the crew are volunteers and are reliant on donations.

Any donations no matter how big or small help, they have to cover the cost of fuel for the lifeboats, drysuits for the crew, mechanical spares, torches, medical equipment, it cost in excess of £1000 for the kit for one crewmember. Every rescue requires a minimum of three crew members .”

Jillian is hoping to raise £1000 with her marathon swim.

The swim will take place at Stonehaven pool on Monday October 24.

She plans to do all 400 lengths in one go and will begin at midday.

If you would like to sponsor Jillian, visit her just giving page at or you can text a £5 donation by texting JILL47 £5 to 70070.