Hackney journalist trains for 10 mile swim to fund lessons in Bangladesh - where 50 children drown each day
- Credit: Becky Horsbrugh
A Stoke Newington woman is in training to swim 10 miles across a sea in Bangladesh to raise awareness of drowning in the flood-prone country.
It is claimed some 50 children drown every day in Bangladesh, compared with five a year in the UK.
Becky Horsbrugh, 48, will swim the Bangla Channel on January 29 to fund swimming lessons for youngsters.
The journalist, who covers Asia news at Associated Press, has already been giving lessons herself in the country where drowning is the leading cause of death among children aged one to 17.
She told the Gazette: “If the money raised saves even one life, then doing the swim and all my training will be worth it.
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“It’s almost impossible to imagine how 50 children a day can die there in the water.”
To donate see gofundme.com/my-bangla-swim.
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