Kate Hartwright decided she wanted to mark her 50th birthday by swimming the English Channel.
The Mum of three from Didcot wanted to celebrate her half century by completing a life-time's ambition, and to support her Auntie who lives in Wimborne. Little did she know how tough it would be when she set off from Dover.
Report by ITV News Meridian's Andrew Pate:
During lockdown, Kate prepared for the English Channel in her back garden.
After 19 and a half hours of swimming, she made it.
For the first 12 hours, Kate was making superb progress on course to hit a target of a 16 hour swim, but that was about to change.
The tide took Kate completely off-course.
"France just vanished. It literally went out of sight."
Kate was doing this for her aunty Dale who has multiple sclerosis.
Kate's delighted she could celebrate her 50th birthday with such a momentous effort, but says it may be a while before she takes to the water again.
Kate has raised over £4000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.