Last year, Roger Allsopp entered the Guinness Book of Records by becoming the oldest human being to swim the English Channel at the grand old age of 70.

In completing his Channel swim, he raised in excess of £500,000 for "Hope for Guernsey", the local fundraising branch of Wessex Medical Research, a charitable trust based in Southampton which raises money to support vital medical research into a range of diseases, including cancer. 

In August 2012 I will be attempting to swim the English Channel, albeit at half the age of Roger.  However, in selecting a charity to raise money for through my swim, Hope for Guernsey was a natural choice.  Let me tell you why I think it is so important.

Wessex Medical Research operates within the Wessex region which covers Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle of Wight, Guernsey and Jersey.  That said, the work it does benefits everyone.  In recent years it has undertaken research which was specifically aimed at the Channel Islands in respect of infant asthma, childhood cancers, meningitis, and macular degeneration (the most common form of blindness in older people).  For the past six years the research has been focussed on prostate, breast and other forms of cancer.

Everyone knows of at least one person who has suffered from or has lost their life to cancer.  Roger Allsopp's fantastic fundraising achievement enabled Wessex Medical Research to purchase a state of the art mass spectrometer for their cancer research team in Southampton.  This piece of equipment is allowing the team to discover new things about cancer at a much faster pace than they would have been able to prior to its purchase.  My goal is to raise funds through my Channel swim to keep that piece of equipment running so that the research team can play its part in fighting this viscious and indiscriminate disease. 

In the same way that the money raised by Roger Allsopp was ringfenced by Wessex Medical Research to purchase the mass spectrometer, the funds I hope to raise will also be ringfenced for the running costs of the mass spectrometer project.

Finally, a little bit about me.  I'm a 37 year old Guernseyman who swam for Guernsey as a child, but who then discovered rugby and beer as a teenager.  I didn't swim again until 2010 when my older brother talked me into a 3 mile open water swim to raise money for Help For Heroes.  After that swim, which was completed in an orthopaedic boot after I severed my right Achilles tendon, I found that I just couldn't stay out of the water.  Last August, I became the fourth person (and the first Guernsey person) to swim around Guernsey, a distance of 21.1 nautical miles.  That convinced me that I could take on the English Channel and I'll be sitting in Dover between 8-16 August this year, waiting for the right weather and the right tide to have a go!  Please keep your fingers crossed for me!  If you would like to track my progress once I start swimming, then you should be able to do so via the following link to my GPS tracker: 

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Wessex Medical Research

Wessex Medical Research

Charity Registration No. 274839

Wessex Medical research is an independent multi-disease medical research charity funding critical research aimed at tackling the underlying causes of ill health in our community. We are currently funding research into a wide range of diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, prostate camcer, depressive illness, diabetes, heart disease,stroke, osteoporsis and childhood afflictions, particularly child brain injury.

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Donations 117

Well done Adrian, an amazing achievement!!

Donation by Sandy & Karen Elder on 01/10/12


Congratulations!! A fantastic achievement :)

Donation by Laura Elder & Alex Lupton on 19/09/12


Awesome job, well done Adrian!

Donation by Jonathan Anderson on 05/09/12


Donation by Hazel Solway on 29/08/12

Donation by CO Corporate Department cake eating team on 29/08/12


Very well done, Adrian !

Donation by Heather Lucas on 27/08/12


Donation by michael hullock on 26/08/12


Jolly good show!

Donation by Peter de Verneuil Smith on 22/08/12


+ £15.00 Gift Aid

Well done, mate! Excellent job! Love Clare and Wayne

Donation by Clare Cox on 21/08/12


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Well done Adrian - please drag Andy along next time as the only channel Andy knows is the nothing to declare !!!!!

Donation by Andy Jones on 18/08/12


Great effort. You must be mad.

Donation by Tim and Ash on 18/08/12


Congratulations Adrian; a massive effort in a great cause. Maggie & Richard

Donation by Richard de la Rue on 17/08/12


What an achievement - well done Adrian

Donation by Ange & Pete Baker on 17/08/12


What a great achievement.

Donation by Alison MacKrill on 17/08/12


Donation by Angela Lodge on 16/08/12


Truly inspirational!!

Donation by Ian Salters on 16/08/12


Legend mate. Well done.

Donation by Barney and Claire on 16/08/12



Donation by James Harrison on 16/08/12


Congratulations on an amazing achievement! Dawn & John Sealey

Donation by Dawn Sealey on 15/08/12


Great stuff

Donation by Allan Skirrow on 15/08/12


Super effort, Adrian. All the best, Simon and Sally-Ann Marks

Donation by Simon Marks on 15/08/12


Many congratulations Ady, brilliant effort.

Donation by David & Gerry Allen on 15/08/12


Brilliant performance Adrian, absolutely delighted for you and your team - fantastic worthy cause.

Donation by Eric Graham on 15/08/12


Well done Adrian, fantastic achievement.

Donation by Alistair Boyle on 15/08/12


Congratulations Adrian, from Colette and Simon Jackson

Donation by Simon Jackson on 15/08/12


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  • Gift Aid£246.68

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