Mirjam Takes the Plunge to Support the Trust

October 05, 2020

We met an amazing person recently. Mirjam (pronounced Miriam) Brady, a psychology lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, is a keen swimmer who lost access to swimming pools when they closed earlier this year because of Covid restrictions. “At my lowest point, I was actually feeling a sense of grief. I was getting sadder and sadder. Everything lost its colour - almost literally. I didn’t enjoy anything anymore.” Mirjam then joined a group of wild swimmers who take the plunge in the River Dee in Aberdeen at high tide, when the current slows down. “I went into the water and it was like a cloud lifting,” she said. “I felt absolutely fantastic. I thought, for me, lockdown is over!” As a “thanks” to the river that helped her through lockdown, Mirjam plans to swim the Dee every fortnight until the end of December, “…as long as the water doesn’t freeze over.” She will be raising money for the River Dee Trust’s campaign to plant a million native trees to safeguard salmon and other species against rising summer temperatures. Mirjam is not suggesting that other people should start swimming the river, and she stresses the need for strict safety measures. But she says, “Immersing yourself in nature is one of the best ways of maintaining mental health and supporting the trees campaign is a wonderful way to help nature.” https://www.justgiving.com/fundr.../mirjam-brady-van-den-bos