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New Year's Day swim in Fowey to raise funds for Beth's bench

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 28, 2013

INSPIRATIONAL:  Beth Clench, who died in November.

INSPIRATIONAL: Beth Clench, who died in November.

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A NEW YEAR'S DAY swim is being held in Fowey to raise funds for a bench in memory of inspirational primary school teacher Beth Clench.

Friends and family of the popular 24-year-old from Par, who died in November following an 18-month battle with cancer, will be plunging into the wintry waters at Readymoney beach on January 1.

Family friend Katy Warnes, who came up with the idea, said she hopes the swim will help towards raising the £1,500 needed to buy a bench and plaque in memory of Beth.

"We'd like to put a bench next to her ashes at the churchyard in Fowey," she said.

"If everyone who takes part pays £10 we are hoping we can raise a good chunk of the money."

More than 80 people have already signed up to attend the event on social networking website Facebook.

As a tribute to the former Fowey Community College student, those taking part in the swim are being asked to wear something pink, which was Beth's favourite colour.

"We'll all be wearing a splash of pink. Some of the men will even be wearing pink trunks," Mrs Warnes said.

Sally Dunn, Katy's sister and a close friend of Beth's, said Beth would have loved the idea.

"She was a very popular girl and had a lot of friends, so there are lots of people wanting to do something for her.

"We thought New Year's Day would be a good day for it. She would have loved the idea of it," she said. "If we can get 100 people to take part, that would be amazing."

Beth's friends and family are hoping to set up a charity called Beth's Inspiration to raise funds for cancer charities.

"We are hoping to have the charity up and running in the new year," Miss Dunn said.

"We will be fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and CLIC Sargent. We have lots of fun things being organised for next year."

The swim will start at 1pm on January 1. Search for 'Beth's Inspiration New Year's Day Swim' on Facebook.

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