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£3,945raised of £5,000 target by 85 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,945 to Help fund Charles Sprawson's long-term care

    Çanakkale, Çanakkale Merkez/Çanakkale, Turkey
    Funded on Saturday, 18th August 2018

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    Walter Benjamin said that all truly great books establish their own genre. Charles Sprawson's Haunts of the Black Masseur is one of those truly great books and has spawned a host of imitations and tributes. It's the best book about swimming ever written. Charles has been unwell - he is suffering from vascular dementia - and is currently in a secure hospital ward in London. He has ongoing care needs which will necessarily cost his family.

    One of the most brilliant passages in Charles's book is his description of crossing the Hellespont - the straits that separate Europe from Asia. On 6th June, I'll be making my own attempt. Byron swam the four mile stretch 200 years ago. Leander drowned on his way to visit Hero. I'll be setting out with a wheezy pair of lungs and very modest open water swimming experience. Like Byron, I’ll be breaststroking across.

    All money raised will go to Charles's family to support his care.



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      • Tom Mitchell

        Tom Mitchell

        Jul 15, 2018


      • Anonymous


        Jun 14, 2018

      • Lindsay Rutherford

        Lindsay Rutherford

        Jun 11, 2018


      • Katharine Clarke

        Katharine Clarke

        Jun 9, 2018

        Well done Alex!! Great stuff. Kath, Steve and Flora xx


      • Samuel Martin

        Samuel Martin

        Jun 6, 2018

        Good luck Leander!


      • matt thacker

        matt thacker

        Jun 6, 2018

        Top swimming Alex.


      • Richard Taylor

        Richard Taylor

        Jun 6, 2018

        I am writing a book about swimming around the world with writers. On my last visit to England from Canada I had an amazing swim with Charles. Good luck Alex. Rick


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