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Perdita Hunt completes the Solent Swim challenge

Posted 29th September 2014
Watts Contemporary Gallery

On Saturday 27 September two hours after setting off from Gilkicker Point Perdita Hunt and team, arrived on Ryde Sand and the Solent Swim to save the Watts Studios was successfully achieved.

Here Perdita describes her arduous task: “It was a beautiful sunny day and I was accompanied by kayaker, Michael Binnie, a volunteer at Watts Gallery, who was making his first journey across the Solent. Also in the little flotilla was Derek, who provides first aid for Surrey and has trained all staff in first aid at Watts Gallery, and my daughter Roxane Gergaud and son Louis Gergaud. Everyone was volunteering their time.

During the crossing, one of the busiest stretches of water in the world, we awaited a dredger, had a discussion with a yachtsman or two, fought against the current, and Michael fed me dates to counter the cramp. We arrived at just after 1pm.”

So far we have raised nearly £7,000 so any and every donation is now really important to help meet the £10,000 target to save the Watts Studios. The Studios will be a space for community learning, pottery making, enjoying Watts’s studio as he left it, discovering the art of Mary Seton Watts and learning more about the lives of two great Victorians in the Surrey Hills.

Please donate by clicking here, texting ‘WATT14’ followed by the amount you wish to give to 70070, sending a cheque payable to ‘Watts Gallery’ marked for the attention of Sarah Mitchell or calling 01483 813 597. Your donation will help save the last remaining artists’ studio with its collection still intact for the nation. Thank you

Watts Gallery would like to thank the following companies for their support, Bembridge Powerboat Training, Tackt-Isle Adventures and Bembridge Marine.

A contribution from the monies raised will be made to St Helen's Primary School on the Isle of Wight.  

This is the first challenge in the Watts team triathlon series to raise money to save the Watts Studios; staff members will also be cycling 40km on 12 October and running the 11.7km Hog’s Back Road Race on 7 December.