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raised of £40,000 target by 573 supporters

    Weʼve raised £40,100 to help Greg as we swim the Channel - Team S6&D2

    Godalming, Surrey, UK
    Funded on Friday, 29th October 2021

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    Please help us raise funds for Greg. Here is Greg’s and our story.

    January 2019, inspired by the story of a Channel Swimmer, a few Godalming Masters swimmers started to build a relay team. Six strong, ranging from 17 years young to 52 years old we are Grace, Kat, Greg, Hazel, Helen and Tony, all Godalming Club swimmers guided under the watchful eye of coach Sissy (Surrey Open Swim) and our spotter Dee.

    Although we are all strong swimmers, the English Channel is not a small challenge. We are all pool swimmers and not used to cold water (no wetsuits), jelly fish, large ships, sea sickness, salt water, bad weather, darkness, lack of sleep and many hours of swimming. The list goes on. Why are we doing this? The answer now is simple, for Greg.

    Aside from the challenges of Covid, closed pools and the open water, we started training together as a team of six in June 2020.

    In Spring 2021 a team name was needed and ‘Sissy’s six and Dee too’ was born – ‘S6&D2’ has been registered with the Channel Swimming & Piloting Federation. We have secured a boat and been given our swim window of September 19th to 26th 2021.

    We always knew we wanted to raise funds for a good cause but had no idea how close to home those funds would be needed.

    On Good Friday 2021, Greg, strong, fit and risk aware, had a life-changing mountain biking accident. He has broken his neck and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. After extensive surgery, having spent six weeks in intensive care at St. Georges Hospital, he is now at the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. He is paralysed from the armpits down and unable to walk. So instead of swim training he is now taking one day at a time and has started the slow process of rehabilitation. The strength and determination he was planning to use to get us all across the channel is now focused on getting himself prepared for a different life.

    It is too early to fully know what support he will need on a day-to-day basis but what we do know is that Greg’s home will require significant adaptation and his life will be very different to the one he planned on his wedding day less than a year ago.

    Greg is still our 6th member. We are still S6&D2. Greg is irreplaceable so we are swimming the relay as a 5. For Greg – a strong swimmer who was always calm and positive for our team.

    We would like to raise as much as we can to give Greg the best possible support as he adapts to his new life. Please donate!

    Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Surrey Open Swim where we will keep you updated on our training progress towards the big day. We will let you know how you can virtually follow the boat on the day and will post an update here on Greg’s progress.

    Whilst we hope we complete the distance! There is always the chance that the swim may be postponed, cancelled or that we don't make it so please donate knowing that this could happen.

    Thank you in advance for your support.

    S6&D2

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    • S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony8 months ago
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      S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony

      8 months ago
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    • S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony8 months ago
      S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony

      S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony

      8 months ago

      The news we have been waiting for….. We are due to leave Dover at 1.30am on Monday 13th September for our Channel Relay swim. To follow our progress use this link that will take you to the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation Boat Tracking page. If you tag the boat ‘High Hopes’ then you can track where we are at any time. The page updates every 30 seconds. http://cspf.co.uk/tracking We have worked so hard for the last 18 months for this day and send all our love to Greg and his family. Thank you to our 467 supporters getting us this far

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    • S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony11 months ago
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      S6&D2 Channel Relay - Grace, Kat, Hazel, Helen & Tony

      11 months ago

      Update from Greg... Hey everyone, thanks for the support. Its incredibly moving to see how the fundraising is going and I am very grateful for the kind words and contribution towards my recovery. It's been 7 weeks at the Spinal Cord Injury Center now and I'm making progress but it is slow going. It's certainly going to be a marathon not a sprint. Still in high spirits and it helps knowing I have so many great people rooting for me. Thank you and all the best for the relay, I'll be thinking of you. Lots of love, Greg

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    573

    • Nigel Heathershaw

      Nigel Heathershaw

      Oct 26, 2021

      All the best

      £30.00

    • Jon Spyvee

      Jon Spyvee

      Oct 5, 2021

      Amazing effort everyone! Something I know I'd never be able to do! And would be pleased to pop over to Greg's with my toolkit when needed.

      £40.00

    • Elizabeth Brett

      Elizabeth Brett

      Sep 30, 2021

      Well done Tony and the swim team.💪🏻

      £10.00

    • Charlotte Gooch

      Charlotte Gooch

      Sep 30, 2021

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 28, 2021

      £30.00

    • KAY WILLIAMSON

      KAY WILLIAMSON

      Sep 28, 2021

      Congratulations to you all on an impressive performance. And best wishes to Greg for the future.

      £50.00

    • Martin

      Martin

      Sep 27, 2021

      Well done team

      £40.00

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    Godalming, Surrey, UK

    We are Grace Kimber, Kat Kershaw, Hazel Kimber, Helen Jenkins and Tony Palmer - Channel Relay Team S6&D2

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