Solo English Channel Swim
Hello & thanks for visiting my fundraising page
I was once an orphan.
My adoptive parents gave me all the love and support a child could ever dream of. My dad had a dream. In his retirement he would sail around the Mediterranean, "with my grandchildren diving off the side into the sea". Sadly, he never made it to retirement or met his grandchildren. He died in his 50s and with him that dream died too.
I've ALWAYS dreamed of swimming the English Channel - they call it the Everest of marathon swimming. So I’m seizing the day!
My hope is that I will realise my ambition to drag myself ashore in France having swam 21 miles and, with your support, secure a better future for 30 orphans. Please help me raise £6,000 for a wonderful little charity called Orfund. 100% of the sponsorship will go to them. I'm covering the costs.
My father-in-law introduced me to Orfund when he was a trustee of theirs and visited the home in Malawi to meet the kids. I have personally sponsored one of the girls for many years now. I know that the money raised goes straight to the young people in the form of a place to call home, food, clothing & an education.
Solo swim across the English Channel for ORFUND.
I have been training for three years for my date with the English Channel. I have competed in a number of big swims to help me prepare, including a race around Manhattan and an English Channel Relay which allowed me to experience swimming at night in the Channel in the dark.
Route: Dover, England - Cap Gris Nez, France
Distance: 21 miles / 34 km
Duration: With the right conditions I could do it in 13 hours but between 14-19 hours is more realistic
Wetsuit: No - not allowed! Swimming costume, hat and goggles only as per the 'Channel Swimming Rules'
Goose Fat: NOPE! Channel Swimmers no longer wear goose fat which was thought to protect against the cold. It doesn't. However Vaseline is liberally applied to various bits of the body to help protect against chaffing
Solo? Yes. It will just be me swimming with a qualified pilot (thanks Stuart Gleeson on board Sea Leopard) to guide me across the busiest shipping lane in the world
Tracking? Yes. There will be Facebook Live updates on my page and you can use this link to see where I am within the Channel: https://www.channelswimmingassociation.com/pilots/sea-leopard
Solo English Channel Swim
Event is completed
with gift aid: £7,898.75
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