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Debbie Fish

Debbie Fish started co-hosting Mental Health Swims in Sidmouth, Devon in April 2021 with the support of her husband Nick.
As a young adult, Debbie lived in the Lake District and she occasionally dipped in Windermere, yet she first realised that cold water swimming was a ‘thing’ when she joined hundreds of other people for the Outdoor Swimming Society’s December Dip in 2012 at the Parliament Hill Lido.  Only a couple of weeks later, Nick’s Mum lost her battle with her own poor mental health and took her own life, just before Christmas.
Debbie has enjoyed swimming in open water since 2015 and she found that being part of the Mental Health Swims community is extremely rewarding.  With Nick she is keen to continue providing a safe and open space for people to talk to each other, if they wish and to enjoy the shared experience of year-round dipping in the great outdoors.