Adventure Activist

So what is an Adventure Activist? Honestly, I don’t know but this is what it means to me…

Having a family is one of the best adventures that life has to offer and when it doesn’t work out the way you dreamed it would, it can feel like happiness might never be possible. After my eleventh round of unsuccessful IVF, I decided it was time to go on another type of adventure… It has led me to taking on some of the world’s most iconic endurance challenges to raise awareness of what it feels like to struggle to create the family you long for (another of the world’s toughest mental and physical challenges) but also how to live as big and bravely as possible when life doesn’t go to plan.

…That’s what an Adventure Activist means to me.”


On 2nd September 2015, Jessica swam the English Channel in 17 hours, 44 minutes and 30 seconds, raising over £25,000 for adults and children without the families they long for. She said it was like her version of ‘giving birth.’ Read about it in her second book: 21 Miles: Swimming in search of the meaning of motherhood

English Channel

Jessica’s channel swim was recorded for a documentary film by Katie Barlow called Without Child. Watch the trailer below.


On 23rd April 2017, Jessica ran the London Marathon for Fertility Network UK, raising over £5,000 for the charity. But please don’t get any sub-four ideas, it took her 5 hours and 27 minutes, proving that this adventure activist may be a Channel swimmer and a Marathon runner but she’s still no athlete!

London Marathon


From pond to peak… In April / May 2021 Jessica will head to Everest to attempt a Guinness World Record and become the first woman to achieve the Pond To Peak Challenge (NB. postponed from 2020 due to Covid.)


The Journey so Far


Peak Lenin