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Both my brother, Carl and I have signed up to swim the length of Lake Windermere in September. That's 10.5 miles, in water around 15C (cold, very cold!) without a wetsuite. We hope to complete the swim in under 6 hours.

You may know, my nephew Alex (Carl and Johanne's son) was badly starved of oxygen at birth and is, as a result, very severly disabled, requiring total care 24/7. Alex gets 2 weeks a year at the hospice, providing respite for Carl and Johanne. The hospice provide top notch care and provide hydrotherapy, sensory rooms and basically pamper Alex for his whole stay.

Everything we raise will go towards funding a new sensory area in the main living area of the Hospice, costing around £5k. Hopefully between myself and my brother we'll get there!

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Training Blog

10/04/09 Both training 3/4 times a week doing 1 mile straight off in pool training. Both didn't realise how unfit we'd got over the last few years!

01/05/09 Starting to swim 5/6 mornings a week , minimum of a mile each swim. Carl only taking cold showers in the morning - will not take a hot one until completing the event, (insane!!!)

14/05/09  As well as 1 mile every morning Adam started training in local lake, 3 miles a swim. Can't see anything, really dark and murky. Not a pleasant experience at all!!

01/06/09 Adam started taking cold baths and added an additional swim of 3 or 4 miles once week in peterborough Lido (open aired, unheated, 50m pool)

07/06/09 Carls 3rd sea swim, Sunderland. 10 degrees! Lasted 20 minutes before manhood disappeared.

14/06/09 Wykeham 5km lake swim, Scarborough. Both finished well in 5th (Adam) and 7th place (Carl) in field of around 40 swimmers, both in 1 hr 20 mins, give or take a few minutes. Encouraging but will not go at this pace for the main event.

18/07/09 Windermere 6 mile training swim with support crews (including my dad and Johanne's dad). Support crew meant to be looking after the swimmers - Adam had to rescue his crew by dislodging them from the rocks they got themselves stuck on!! A great day that has filled both of us with confidence for the main event. Carl finished the swim ahead of Adam - will not happen again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Raising money for

Butterwick Hospice Care

Butterwick Hospice Care

Charity Registration No. 1044816

Butterwick Hospice Care offers care to children and adults suffering life limiting illnesses. All services are provided free of charge. Thank you for your support. Butterwick Hospice Care incorporates Butterwick Hospice Stockton, Butterwick House and Butterwick Hospice Bishop Auckland.

Donations 68

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Donations from others

Donation by Adam Arnott on 30/10/09

£145.00

+ £40.90 Gift Aid

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Well done mate, its not your fault that you're a massive failure. ha ha

Donation by Sean, Hannah, Jack and Hattie on 15/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Well done mate, great effort! - I'll buy you a pint when I see you next.

Donation by David and Nadia x on 14/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Fantastic effort mate by the both of you, well done & see you soon

Donation by Mark Gorrod on 11/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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best wishes, helen & linda, east kilbride

Donation by myra on 09/09/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Good luck Adam, crazy, but a great cause.

Donation by San on 04/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good luck Adam! Included is an Irish fiver from Mum McNulty, who thinks your challenge is ace! All the best!

Donation by Maria Mc on 04/09/09

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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All the best to you and Carl - you are both mad! Paul, Sam & Billy

Donation by Paul Goold on 03/09/09

£50.00

+ £14.10 Gift Aid

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Good luck! At least over-heating shouldn't be an issue!

Donation by David Allsop on 03/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Good luck Adam!

Donation by Chris Simmons on 03/09/09

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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Are you sure!? You're a mad man...good luck!

Donation by Tim McEntaggart on 02/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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I wouldn't like to run that far......Good luck mate! Remeber the vaseline!!

Donation by Mark Johnson on 02/09/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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My 15 minutes a day seem pitiful. Don't forget keep counting !! Good Luck.

Donation by Carol Underwood on 02/09/09

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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At least the water hasn't warmed up so you'll stay nice and cool. Good luck!

Donation by Jeremy Tarling on 02/09/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Donation by Sarah Fisher on 01/09/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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Good Luck, take lots of photos!

Donation by Angie Johnson on 28/08/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Remember to lube up - it's going to be chilly

Donation by Jonathan Hope on 28/08/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

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Good luck!

Donation by Julie Yeomans on 28/08/09

£5.00

+ £1.41 Gift Aid

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what a challenge....swimming, breathing, and maybe eating and drinking as well?! all the best of luck and indeed what a fabulous cause...n

Donation by Nanda Jaipersad on 28/08/09

£10.00

+ £2.82 Gift Aid

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madness sheer madness...warm showers afterwards chap - good luck!!

Donation by kevin wilson on 28/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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Don't forget the Vaseline

Donation by Simon Shepley on 28/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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I'd do more, but I don't like you.

Donation by Jon Green on 28/08/09

£20.00

+ £5.64 Gift Aid

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good luck with it! You`re doing a wonderful thing. take care.

Donation by Hannah Bowie on 26/08/09

£15.00

+ £4.23 Gift Aid

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Good luck, hope the water is unseasonally warm!

Donation by Richard Bulmer on 24/08/09

£30.00

+ £8.46 Gift Aid

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Good Luck Andrew+Clare

Donation by Andrew Mooney on 24/08/09

£25.00

+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,080.00
  • Offline donations£400.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,480.00
  • Gift Aid£544.36

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