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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Hi, I'm Rick!

My personal goal this October is to swim Alcatraz to raise money for my chosen charity RNLI. As an RNLI crew member at Blackpool and also manager for Blackpool Beach Patrol, I'm passionate about sea safety and really hope you will help me raise money for this very worthy cause. 

I'm an ex international freestyle swimmer attempting to replicate the escape attempt made by the only two inmates recorded to have escaped from Alcatraz by swimming.

Swimming has always been a big part of my life competing from an early age and more recently wild open water swimming. My wild swims include the Great North swim in Lake Windermere and I've also swam across the Corryvrechan several times. My last swim breaking a world record for swimming across the world's third largest whirlpool three ways on 2 July 2013. Story about my Corryvrechan success. Alcatraz will be my biggest challenge yet and I'm putting in all my efforts, training hard for this iconic swim. I'm taking with me a couple of other swimmers, Phil Schofield and Ben Woodhouse, who are also going to join me in my challenge. We'll be joined by Nigel Toolan who will act as safety officer, coach and chief shark spotter!

Not only am I donating my time and effort, I'm also personally funding this trip. Therefore every penny raised will go direct to my chosen charity, RNLI. 

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I'd really appreciate it if you could help me keep up the professional tireless work that the RNLI and all of its volunteers strive to do.

Many thanks for taking the time to read this - please keep an eye on this webpage as I'll be updating it with blogs, photos and video updates with my training progress until my official 'escape' day on 10 October!

Updates 2

Well it's blowing a gale outside and I haven't been able to get up to Lake Windermere this week but have been swimming every morning at the local pool. Just received some emails from the safety guide in San Francisco to say all systems go and advising me about local conditions.

15/09/13 21:07

This week I've launched this page to help raise money for my charity swim across Alcatraz, for RNLI. Thank you to those that have donated so far, it's a great start. You could really help me out by sharing the link to your friends, through Facebook / Twitter or any other ideas!

05/09/13 20:46

Raising money for

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Charity Registration No. 209603

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its volunteer lifeboat crews rescue an average of 22 people every day and RNLI lifeguards provide a seasonal lifeguard service on selected beaches. The RNLI is independent from Government and relies on donations from people like you.

Donations 69

Cheers everyone for all your support and donations.Just thought I'd make it up to £2000!

Donation by Richard Williams on 18/11/13

£35.00

+ £8.75 Gift Aid

Well done Rick!

Donation by Jordan (Bispham Angling Shop) on 18/11/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Rick!

Donation by Digits on 28/10/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Rick, Well done, keep up the good work!

Donation by Paolo Pertica on 28/10/13

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Well done Rick. You've done amazingly well and we were right with you every splash of the way!

Donation by Nic's friends, family & neighbours! on 28/10/13

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

What a great achievement and really happy to support this worthy cause. You do a great job at RNLI!

Donation by Your mother in law's friends! on 28/10/13

£32.00

+ £8.00 Gift Aid

Well done Rick, you did us proud! What a fantastic achievement for a great cause.

Donation by Bob,Pete & the senior Palatine swimmers! on 28/10/13

£123.00

+ £30.75 Gift Aid

well done son, the whole family is proud of your effort but still keep a watch for sharks at the airports! mum & dad

Donation by george williams on 18/10/13

£150.00

+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Rich, you do know there is a boat to Alcatraz? you fool!! :) Be safe, & for a great institution!!

Donation by Adrian Turner on 17/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Bob and Peter told me you've done it - so well done!

Donation by Steve G on 16/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck / well done

Donation by Andy cox on 15/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Emma Sager on 11/10/13

£5.00

Everyone is very proud of you, well done!

Donation by Carol Depledge on 10/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Swim like your 'freedom' depended on it! Best of luck!!

Donation by Anonymous on 10/10/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Good luck!! Hope the swim goes well :-)

Donation by Lynda Woodhouse on 09/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck

Donation by Ben's mum and grandma on 09/10/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 09/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Hiya rick, good luck with the swim and have a fantastic time in San Francisco

Donation by Tom Armfield on 09/10/13

Have fun!

Donation by Mr c h and miss c l on 09/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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keep your eyes peeled for those sharks

Donation by robert at the pool on 09/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Richard!

Donation by Mark Brown on 08/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Richard

Donation by Eddie & Pat Greenwood (Tony's parents) on 08/10/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Enjoyed being on some of those wild water training swims this summer .. Now good luck on the ultimate wild escape ! Enjoy ! ....

Donation by Jim / Linda Noble on 07/10/13

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck and stay safe!

Donation by Mrs W on 06/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck, from Dorothy (Palatine Pool)

Donation by Dorothy Bullar on 04/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,617.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,617.00
  • Gift Aid£389.25

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