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Brock Noseworthy pictured with his sister Krys Noseworthy who passed away in 2022 following a battle with mental health (Photograph supplied)

A man who lost his sister to a “relentless” mental health battle has dedicated the final leg of a swimming challenge to raise funds in her memory.

Krys Noseworthy, a member of the LGBTQ+ community who lost her life on September 3, 2022, has been described as a radiant spirit who touched countless lives with her “boundless love and adventurous nature“.

Her brother, Brock Noseworthy, has pledged to donate funds raised from a swim around Bermuda, part of a journey he started three years ago, to OutBermuda's mental health programme.

A spokeswoman for OutBermuda said: “To honour her legacy and life as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Brock has pledged to donate all funds raised from his memorial swim to three mental health charities or causes.

“Here in Bermuda, funds raised will go to OutBermuda’s one-to-one therapy programme. Overseas funds will go to a charity in Australia, which Krys called home, and to a charity in St John’s, Newfoundland.

“The generosity of community members and allies like Brock ensures LGBTQ+ residents can access up to eight free one-to-one counselling sessions through Solstice by self-referral and OutBermuda will cover co-pay or the full amount for uninsured individuals.”

Mr Noseworthy has done 18 legs of his round-the-island swim with the final leg finished on April 16.

Brock Noseworthy on his final swim in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

The spokeswoman added: “His ambitious swim, reflecting the parallels between endurance, perseverance and the challenges of mental health, began at Spanish Point at 6.15pm and finished at around sunset in Dockyard, culminating in a fitting tribute to his sister Krys as he scattered some of her ashes in the ocean at the end of his final swim.”

Mr Noseworthy, originally from Newfoundland, Canada, has a passion for ocean swimming.

He is a pharmacist and has lived in Bermuda since 2008.

Mr Noseworthy said: “It's hard to believe after three years of working towards this goal that I was able to complete the final swim here in Bermuda and with a backdrop of a stunning sunset.

“But I could think of no more fitting tribute to my sister's memory than to mark the occasion by raising funds in her name to help those suffering the same battles that she fought for so long.

“Mental health issues touch us all in some way and it is my honour to do my part to help those in need, especially those who may not have the ability to access life-saving care.”

The last leg of Brock Noseworthy’s round-the-island swim in memory of his sister (Image supplied)

Tiffany Paynter, OutBermuda’s executive director, added: “I think what Brock has done and is doing is incredible, both physically and emotionally.

“We are really honoured that he chose OutBermuda as the recipient of his efforts to raise awareness about mental health.

“Half of the funds he raises will help us to continue to offer our LGBTQ+ community free one-to-one therapy sessions at Solstice and ensure that there are no financial barriers to the most vulnerable members of our community receiving the help they need to cope and thrive.

“Not many people have the strength or clarity to use their grief to do good but Brock's memorial swim for his sister, Krys, is an example for us all.”

She added: “What he's done is really inspiring and I hope anyone whose life has been touched by mental health struggles will donate today."

Mr Noseworthy is $1,165 short of his $10,000 goal and hopes to raise the rest by the end of April.

Anyone wishing to donate can do so through GoFundMe.

Brock Noseworthy on his final swim in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

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Published April 23, 2024 at 7:50 am (Updated April 23, 2024 at 7:15 am)

Brother dedicates round-the-island swim to memory of sister

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