A CHELSEA teenager is one of six girls to have successfully swum the English Channel, setting a new world record and raising thousands for charity.

Felicity Challinor, 14, of Cathcart Road, joined Six Girls No Boys team to take on the cross-Channel swim on Sunday (September 1).

They swam as a relay team, including 13 year-old Millie Elson, who is thought to be the youngest deaf person to ever swim the channel, completing the challenge in 13 hours, six minutes and 19 seconds. They raised £3,000 for Make A Wish Foundation.

Felicity said: "I joined the Serpentine Swimming Cub when I was 11, so it was the people there that really encouraged me to do this. But this was quite different to the Serpentine.

"It was quite scary at times as the sea was so rough. I swam the final stretch which was 800m to shore, but if felt like a lot longer because of the size of the waves. I also saw three big jelly fish as I was swimming to the beach at Fover, so that made me swim a lot faster."

The swim began at 5.30am, and the girls had no wetsuits, no lane ropes, and only determination and strength to reach the end.