BVA head of digital James Mullarkey has raised hundreds of pounds for the Veterinary Benevolent Fund (VBF) by swimming nine miles along the River Thames during the Henley Swim Bridge to Bridge event.

BVA head of digital James Mullarkey has raised hundreds of pounds for the VBF by swimming the Thames.

The annual event, which takes place between Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire and Marlow in Buckinghamshire every August, is aimed at swimmers who are looking for a long distance challenge during the summer. This year’s challenge saw nearly 500 people take part.

Mr Mullarkey said: “I’m not a fast swimmer, so it took me longer than most people to complete. I was in the green capped group, which is the slowest of the three waves.

“I was pretty pleased with myself at the finish, with a time of five hours, 38 minutes and 52 seconds. Considering it took me just under three hours to swim three miles just a few months ago, this represents quite a bit of progress.

“As well as challenging myself, I really wanted to take this opportunity to raise some money for a good cause. I chose VBF because working in the industry myself, I know vets can find it harder to get support when they really need it. VBF is really good at being there for people when they need help and have nowhere else to go.”

To donate to VBF and help continue to support vets in need, visit www.justgiving.com/VBF

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