Distance swimmer Tracy Emmett swam to France and back – without ever leaving her home town of Settle!

Tracy swam 44 miles to support the Crossing the Channel campaign for Aspire, which helps people with spinal cord injuries.

The swim was completed over a 12-week period.

And it follows a similar challenge for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and a swim across Coniston Water to raise funds for the Settle branch of Friends of Chernobyl Children.

Tracy was inspired to take up her latest challenge by a friend who suffered a spinal injury and became wheelchair-bound.

“My original target was to raise £300,” said Tracy. “I am delighted to announce that, with the support of friends and family, I have so far collected more than £1,000. My next challenge is to do the same swim to raise money for CMT – that’s Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease which is a group of conditions that give rise to weakness and wasting of the muscles below the knees and often those of the hands.

“My friend Sam Lewis has this condition and I am very keen to support her efforts to raise the profile of this type of Muscular Dystrophy as well as raising money for research.”