Swimming the Bonifacio Channel
Each year I like to undertake a major challenge for a charity and this year will be two swims. Further to my successful swim of the Sea of Galilee earlier this year for the British Heart Foundation it is my intention in September to swim the Bonifacio Channel .
Thank you to everyone who has supported and donated so far to the British Heart Foundation and for anyone wishing to know more about the challenge, how to donate or progress some details are below:
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DONATIONS: British Heart Foundation -www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2018swims
Two life-long swimming friends ,David Kimber and Mark Pollard, will also attempt to swim across this 15k Mediterranean stretch of water between the French Island of Corsica and the Italian island of Sardinia. I will once again be swimming in memory of my good friend and water polo captain Mark Shepherd while raising funds for the British Heart Foundation.
Officially only a few people have successfully crossed this channel and I am intrigued to find out why so few have undertaken it - So we’re going to find out!
My support of the British Heart Foundation goes back many years to when I undertook swimathons alongside my father following his first bi-pass operation (younger than my current age). He has gone on to have a number of stents and totalled eight bi-passes (2no. triples and a double) and we are so grateful to the technology of the BHF for his continued company.
Following the premature death of my brother-in-law from a heart attack in 2003 I undertook a number of triathlons (including an Ironman) and my first marathon (with my sister) in his memory for the benefit of the British Heart Foundation.
Early in 2016 Mark (Sheppy) ,a friend & mentor, tragically died of a heart condition. He was my Captain as we played Water Polo together for a number of successful teams for over 20 years growing up . He was also there for advice during my original Channel swim in 2007. A leader in & out of the water who not only had a passion for a full life he also had a love and talent for swimming.
BHF vision couldn’t be more ambitious - a world where people no longer die prematurely from heart disease.But it can’t be done alone. BHF are working alongside government, other health charities, health professionals and thousands of dedicated supporters to beat heart disease.
I hope you will see my association with the British Heart foundation is long standing and something very personal to me and my family and will choose to join me by supporting this great cause.