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    Weʼve raised £3,425 to raise money to help those needing the support of our amazing charities. Michael Sobell Hospice, Age UK, The Institute of Cancer Research.

    Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 7th December 2016

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    We are Jamie Nottage, Llewelyn Woodward and Sammy Farnfield and this is our adventure! In September 2016 we are attempting to swim the English Channel as a 3 person relay.
    So why are we doing this? In 2017 Sammy & Llewelyn are going on a World Challenge trip to Zambia which will involve trekking to a village & then working with the villagers for 3 weeks to help improve their daily lives. Part of the challenge is to raise the £4,700 needed & being a swimmer Sammy chose to swim the English Channel. Realising she needed help she enlisted the support of 2 of her school friends & despite Jamie not taking part in World Challenge he was just as keen to join in.
    The nearer we get to going the more we realise what a huge challenge this is, there have only been 26 successful 3 person crossings in the last 10 years!
    We will start in the dark, which is quite frightening and it will take us 15 hours or more in water of around 16 degrees. As well as the cold, waves, unspeakable muck, stinging jelly fish, with the help of our pilot we have to negotiate the busiest shipping lane in the world.
    To give us the best chance we have met with others that have succeeded and are training hard. Each week we are spending time in our local lake and making numerous trips to the coast to ensure we are not only used to the cold but experienced in swimming in the sea.

    Your support will make all this hard work worthwhile in so many ways. Firstly, giving Sammy and Llewelyn the chance to work with villagers in Zambia, living a life unrecognisable to our own.
    Also nearer to home, helping fund research into Cancer with the Institute for Cancer Research (Jamie). The desperately important support terminal patients and their families need at the time they need it most at Michael Sobell Hopsice (Sammy) and also help fund the amazing work Age UK do which, after all, we may all need one day.
    Please give what you can and help us change lives.
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    • Samantha Farnfield2 years ago
      Samantha Farnfield

      Samantha Farnfield

      2 years ago

      So we did it, thank you all so much for your support and generous donations. It was quite an adventure. We swam for 14 hours and 42 minutes, which is actually not that long for a channel crossing, but in that time we covered 49 miles!!! It was an incredible experience we will never forget.

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    • Samantha Farnfield2 years ago
      Samantha Farnfield

      Samantha Farnfield

      2 years ago

      So Sunday didn't happen, so we were then put back to our original date of Thursday, but that was cancelled Wednesday! So now it looks like we will start at 11pm on Saturday night. This means we will each get 2 swims in the dark and then all day to arrive in France and getting there in daylight is the priority as you don't arrive on a beach, just rocks and cliffs so seeing where you are going is ideal

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    • Samantha Farnfield2 years ago
      Samantha Farnfield

      Samantha Farnfield

      2 years ago

      So our scheduled date was the 15th September, but we have been put on notice to go 4:30am Sunday. Even now this date and time could change, it is entirely up to our pilot and his judgement of the weather, but we will be sitting by the phone from Saturday evening onwards. Updates will be published via our twitter account @jls_swim and our website www.jlsswimthechannel.com where on the day there will be live tracking and updates posted throughout the swim. Thank you so much for your support.

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    • Rachel DCruz

      Rachel DCruz

      Dec 4, 2016

      Incredibly impressive guys. Well done xx


    • Vicky


      Dec 4, 2016

      well done Sammy x


    • Nick Finn

      Nick Finn

      Dec 4, 2016

      Sorry it's not much and that it's taken so long


    • Marion Hume

      Marion Hume

      Nov 5, 2016

      What an inspiring achievement. well done, swimmers.


    • Supes


      Oct 27, 2016

      Superb effort all round. Jamie is clearly following in his Dad's footsteps with these crazy challenges...


    • Sue and Mike Boulton

      Sue and Mike Boulton

      Oct 10, 2016

      A great effort. Well done!


    • The Dawson Family

      The Dawson Family

      Oct 8, 2016

      A terrific adventure and a story to be told lifelong! I'm sure you will remain friends forever and your courage will be an inspiration to many you meet. We are proud of you and your families too.


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    Samantha Farnfield

    Samantha Farnfield

    Chalfont Saint Peter, United Kingdom

    On 19th September 2016 we successfully swum the channel. All year 12 students at Chalfonts Community College we became the youngest 3 person relay to swim the channel. 14 hours 42 minutes, 49 miles!!!!! A gruelling day battling ferocious tides made it all the more memorable.

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