Swimmer Jane is Hardy by name and hardy by nature

A volunteer marine medic, who has a soft spot for seals, is taking part in a charity challenge to help them and other mammals.

Jane Hardy, 46, will be doing the Lake Windermere Chillswim, without a wetsuit, to raise money for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), on February 1.

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy.

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy.

‘Mad keen’ on open water swimming, Jane, from Alnwick, has spent months acclimatising to the temperature of the water in preparation for the event.

She will be taking part in the 30-metre relay and the 60-metre freestyle, with the water temperature at just five degrees.

But Jane’s love of animals will help her along the way.

She has swum with seals at the Farne Islands and with recent events leading to grey seal pups being washed up from tidal surges, she wanted to do something to help raise funds for their care.

Jane is also a medic with the BDMLR and has first-hand experience of rescuing the pups.

She said: “I would like to do everything I can to help marine mammals, not just seals, also porpoises, dolphins and whales – hence the Chillswim.

“I have had to swim in the North Sea up to six times a week, every week, since August so that my body can acclimatise and adapt to cope with the excruciatingly painful cold temperatures.”

Jane is a level 2 British triathlon coach and has put a lot of hard work into preparing for the swim.

You can sponsor her for the event at www.justgiving.com/ Jane-Hardy