Sue Wilson has always had a love of water.

But over the past couple of years the New Malden mum has been focused more on messing around in the water with her kids than any serious swimming.

But that is all about to change.

The Malden Centre, where Sue works as an adult education manager, has played host to the national “Swimathon” initiative for the past few years.

But, in April 2018, Sue decided to take the plunge herself and joined fellow colleagues by taking part in a relay team.

Almost a year later, Sue has decided to tackle the solo 5km swim (200 lengths) to raise money for Marie Curie and Cancer Research.

"It’s hard enough getting into your cossie in front of your work colleagues – but when you are at least 20 years older and more than a few pounds heavier than everyone, it is more of challenge," Sue said.

"However, four of us successfully completed the team swim and immediately afterwards I promised myself I would complete the 5k on my own next time."

Since then she has been hard at work, swimming 3-5 times a week as she gradually builds up to the mammoth 200 length target.

"I’ve lost over two stone in weight and feel fitter and healthier than I’ve felt in a long time," she added.

"I started the year only able to swim 20 lengths in one go and I was so excited when I wrapped up 2018 with a 135-length swim during the Christmas holidays.

“This is a very personal journey for me as I’ve never completed such a physical challenge before, I wanted to be an ambassador to tell people that you don’t need to be a pro to attempt something like this – anyone can have a go whatever your fitness and whatever distance you choose – just get in the water and start swimming."

To sponsor Sue in her fundraising effort, click here.