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Norwich coffee shop manager swims 10k for charity

PUBLISHED: 17:09 04 October 2011

Gemma Paige before she swam 10km at Dereham Leisure Centre to raise money for charity. Picture: Ian Burt

Gemma Paige before she swam 10km at Dereham Leisure Centre to raise money for charity. Picture: Ian Burt

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A Norwich store manager has raised £650 for charity after completing 400 lengths of a swimming pool.

Gemma Paige, 30, from Mattishall, swam 10k at Dereham Leisure Centre over three and a half hours today without stopping.

After the challenge, she said: “It was tougher than I thought it would be. The last 100 lengths were the hardest. I had a lot of people wishing me well. I might not go swimming for a little while but I still love it.”

Miss Paige, who works at Costa Coffee in Riverside, raised £325 which will be matched by the company.

All the money will go towards the Costa Foundation, which provides funds for coffee growing communities across the world, including Guatemala, in central America, and Ethiopia.

The store manager first started swimming at the beginning of this year to keep fit and swims at Dereham Leisure Centre four times a week. At each session she normally swims 2k.

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