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Swansea Uni Professor Takes to the Sea in Memory of Poet Nigel Jenkins

By kateclarke  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

Stevie Davies

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A KEEN sea swimmer will take to the water at Rotherslade to raise money in memory of the Mumbles poet Nigel Jenkins.

Dr Stevie Davies, who set up Swansea University's creative writing courses alongside Mr Jenkins, hopes to raise £5,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund UK, to "give pancreatic cancer a good kick in his name"

Mr Jenkins died in January after a short battle with the disease and Dr Davies said it had robbed his friends, family and colleagues of “a gentle, understanding man, with real sensitivity”.

The two were both enthusiastic sea swimmers, taking to the chilly waters at Rotherslade from April to November, for enjoyment.

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Dr Davies, aged 67, and from Mumbles, said: "We would compare notes about our swims and we would compete over who could swim for the longest, in November, as the winter approached.

"What I take from sea swimming is the real sense of joy at the freedom of it, the sheer sensuality of being completely immersed in those salty, cold waters. And I know we both enjoyed being out there with the beauty of nature - sharing the waters with the crabs under your feet and with the seals. We both swam with seals at Rotherslade. The surfers complain that they nibble their toes."

Dr Davies will take to the water on a clear day in August, heading out to Snaple Point, from the beach Nigel dubbed his 'Plage Principale'

So far the campaign has amassed £2,400.

"That is a testament to how well loved Nigel was," she said. "He was such a gentle man, so encouraging and so generous with his time.

"I saw him two days before he died and he met this horrible disease with calm and with a kind of acceptance.

"The second to last time I saw him I raised the idea of my swim with him and he was very pleased. Of course I will be thinking about him as I swim. I think he will have to come and egg me on."

To donate to the sponsored swim: www.justgiving.com/Stevie-Davies2

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