Emma Christison


The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 23 people a day around the coasts and waterways of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. From 235 lifeboat stations, they are well trained and equipped to put to sea in the most fearsome conditions when the call comes. RNLI lifeguards patrol more than 200 beaches in the UK. As well as rescuing people from the water, they are also on hand for first aid and safety advice, making sure everyone can make the most of their day at the beach. Are you passionate about the water? Do you want to be part of a lifesaving team? Whatever the reason for your interest in our work, we’d love to have you onboard. The RNLI is an independent charity and receives no government funding. We rely on public support.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives, as it receives no government funding. The only help the charity receives is through secondment of paramedics from the NHS. We must raise over £4,000 a day to maintain this service and this is only possible through generous public support. Since becoming operational in July 2007 we have flown over 5000 missions - many of these were life saving. From receiving a call, the helicopter can be airborne within four minutes; it can reach anywhere in Hampshire within 15 minutes, and the Isle of Wight within 20. It only needs an area the size of a tennis court on which to land; instead of wheels, skids allow it to land on the wide diversity of terrain that we have within the region. Once the patient is on board they can be transferred to hospital within 10 minutes, falling well within the Golden Hour which is so crucial for emergency treatments. One of the major advantages of being transported by Air Ambulance is that, unlike land ambulances which take the patient to the nearest Accident & Emergency department, you will be taken to the most appropriate hospital for your needs. The Air Ambulance carries not only people who have been involved in some form of accident, but also people suffering from medical emergencies such as heart attacks. It is also used for emergency transfers between hospitals. The EC135 has a number of advantages compared to its predecessor. It has a larger cabin which allows better on board care. The larger cabin is fitted with an additional seat in the back which can allow an extra paramedic or doctor to fly, or a family member to fly with the patient. The EC135 is also cleared to instrument fly which means it is able to fly through heavy or low cloud
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The Pink Ladies Channel Relay Team

Emma Christison

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The Pink Ladies Channel Relay team are a group of 6 lovely ladies who are all very passionate about swimming across the English Channel (from England to France - a distance of 21 land miles as the crow flies) in August 2013.

They are all a bit mad but very friendly and very, very excited about their incredible challenge. The swimmers are (in no particular order) Beckie Spry, Gemma Peat, Lucy Hawthorne, Gill Muldoon, Emma Christison and Viv Artingstall


The Pink Ladies Channel Relay team


Beckie, Gemma, Lucy, Emma, Viv, and Gill


Their boat is the Sea Leopard and their skipper is the very experienced, Stuart Gleeson.



The Sea Leopard



The Ladies are going to be swimming in aid of two marvellous charities - the RNLI and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Both these charities do a stirling and vital job so please would you dig deep and donate generously. You never know, one day you or someone you know may be in need of their service  


To quote the Channel Swimming Association

"Taking on the challenge of the English Channel is very much like tackling Mt. Everest. It is indeed one of the very great open water challenges and respected world-wide. It requires both considerable ability and a huge level of commitment and determination.

2. Be aware that the Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, that there are rules which have to be complied with and that you will need an escort pilot and an escort boat.

3. Appreciate that the Channel is invariably cold, written on paper 15-17°C does not appear particularly cold, but immersed in it for more than 4 hours it becomes a chilling experience and this is why we encourage potential challengers to become acclimatised to cold water and to be able to stay in it happily for 10-15 hours."



Looks like TODAY (Monday 19th) is the big day for our Relay - we had "THE CALL" this morning from our pilot ,Stuart, asking us to get down to Dover for 20:00 and all going well, we should be starting our Relay at 21:00 tonight. 

Thank you for all your support



The Pinks are going a bit crazy with waiting for "THE CALL" so we thought we would do something a little bit bonkers at 07:00 this morning on the beach and make a video to one of our favourite songs "If ever I stray" by Frank Turner.

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it



The big day is almost upon us - we thought we had "THE CALL" yesterday but due to the change in the weather, we were stood down. Hopefully our swim will be towards the end of the week. The Channel is very unpredictable and waiting for the call from the skipper is all part of the Channel experience.

To track our swim LIVE please go to this link once you know the time and date we start our swim.

Our boat is the Sea Leopard



We've just been featured in the Bournemouth Daily Echo

No wetsuits allowed: Seabrook Seals prepare for cross-channel relay swim

3:00pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013 in News By Jenny Awford

THE PINK Ladies Bournemouth swimming team will be attempting to swim the Channel as a relay team for charity.

The six keen swimmers were brought together by their love of the sea and their window to complete the gruelling challenge is between August 12 and 19. With no wetsuits allowed, the group must complete the roughly 21 mile swim wearing only costumes, goggles and a hat.

Team member Emma Christison said: “We are all a little concerned because jellyfish have just started to appear, so with bare legs we could have a rather unpleasant time.

“We have been training for this for more than two years through rain and snow to prepare for the cold water.”

Also known as the Seabrook Seals ladies channel relay team, the group consists of Beckie Spry, Gemma Peat, Lucy Hawthorne, Gill Muldoon, Emma Christison and Viv Artingstall. They are fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Emma said: “The RNLI and air ambulance are an essential part of the coastline and we have chosen to support Macmillan because we have all been touched by cancer in some way.”

They have raised £1,509 so far, but they hope this will grow even more.

The group will take it in turn to swim for one hour each, but some will be swimming further than others depending on the current

Lucy, 38 said: “The Channel is the Everest of the swimming world and we will be so chuffed if we can crack it working together as a team. Our children are all very proud of us and we hope that by seeing us work hard to reach our goal that they realise they will also be able to fulfil their dreams and ambitions if they set their minds to it.”



We have just been featured on the BBC South Today with Anthony Husband on Tuesday July 2nd 2013

Hampshire and Dorset swim team prepares for channel relay

2 July 2013 Last updated at 19:28 BST

Six women from Hampshire and Dorset are preparing to swim in relay across the English Channel.

The team, including Gill Muldoon and Lucy Hawthorne of Seabrook Seals, call themselves the Pink Ladies.

Their 21-mile (34km) charity swim will begin in Kent and finish in northern France.

BBC South Today's Tony Husband reports.




We're in the Bournemouth Echo newspaper


Seabrook seals taking on channel challenge

A GROUP of women who swim in the sea all year are training for a cross-Channel relay next year in aid of two organisations they are hoping they won’t need.

They are the RNLI and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The six ladies were inspired to tackle the challenge by their coach Dee Seabrook, a professional swimming instructor who herself took part in a cross-Channel swim last year in aid of Dorset Air Ambulance The women, who belong to the mixed Seabrook Seals Open Water Swimming Group, have been swimming in the sea since April and became an official group in July. The youngest is 26, but the rest are in their forties.

Emma Chistison, 42, said they currently go in for a dip on Sundays and never use wetsuits. “The water temperature is probably about 7 degrees Celsius,” she said.

“It’s cold when you get in, but when you start swimming, the endorphins kick in. It’s really nice to see the sun rising over the sea – it’s just so peaceful at that time in the morning.”

The group is also using indoor swimming pools to build up strength and endurance for their Channel swim in September 2013.

“When the water warms up, we’ll go in on Tuesday and Friday evenings, regardless of what the weather is doing. It’s amazing. You haven’t got to keep turning backwards and forwards, it’s just freedom,” said Emma.

Each member has to pass a test set by the Channel Swimmers Association before being allowed to undertake the cross-Channel challenge.

The crossing from Dover to Calais is about 22 miles, but adverse tides and weather could double the distance. The women will take it in turns to swim for an hour at a time, and have to follow strict rules.

“If someone becomes ill or drops out, that’s the end of our official swim, but we’re still carrying on, even if it’s not recognised by the association,” said Emma.


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08.10.13 sorry its so late but I think you're all amazing in what you've achieved over the last year girlies

04.10.13 Well done all you girls - and congrats to Liam too! Atlantic next?

12.09.13 Well done, Ladies, we followed your swim minute by minute

12.09.13 Congratulations and well done to you all, i admire you efforts,

11.09.13 Well done Mrs A!!

10.09.13 well done viv


04.09.13 well done Viv and all the 'pink ladies'! From Rachel Rees x

03.09.13 Well done great effort

03.09.13 Well done Gill and ladies! Fantastic achievement. xxx

01.09.13 Well done Emma and all of the team

31.08.13 Well done Viv and her friends, awesome achievement!

27.08.13 Well done ladies!

27.08.13 Congratulations to you all. Fantastic achievement.

21.08.13 Well done ladies!!

21.08.13 Good Luck

20.08.13 Hope all goes well

20.08.13 Congrats all great effort

20.08.13 Hope it all goes swimmingly!

20.08.13 Go girls! An amazing achievement...

20.08.13 For Lucy's topless stint! ;-) Good luck all of you!

20.08.13 To Lucy and the Team - Go for it - we'll be rooting for you - Bon chance -

19.08.13 Good luck Lucy & team

19.08.13 Bon Chance Lucy et bon voyage!! and the same to the other brave Pink Ladies xxxx

19.08.13 Good luck you lovely crazy ladies.


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