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raised of £500 target by 13 supporters

    Weʼve raised £270 to Swim the Solent to the Isle of Wight from the mainland.

    Lymington, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 12th September 2017

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    I am swimming the Solent on Saturday 2nd September 2017 from Hurst Point on the mainland to Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight, "without water wings".

    At 1.3 miles its not the longest swim in the world, (further than I've ever swam in open water), but its treacherous currents and tidal race makes it challenging. Now even a Great White Shark has been spotted in the Solent ! (Note to self, must swim faster).

    Over the years like many people, we have suffered from the highs and lows of life. Many years on since the death of our daughter Jessica it still affects my wife Hayley and myself daily, but having the support from family and friends, it makes it possible to move in a forward direction. You never get over losing a child but just learn to deal with it better. Talking is good. Keeping active is good.

    There are so many people who need to speak to others in times of crisis, but don't have family or friends to do this. For this reason one of the charities I am swimming for is the Samaritans. In times of desperation when you need a chat, they are a phone call away. They listen and help you move forward, and make you see there is always light of the end of the tunnel and that you are not alone.

    We are also lucky to be able to occupy our minds with sport. In the last 15 years we have raised over £ 25,000 for children's cancer charities, running the New Forest & London Marathons and the Great North & Great South runs. Keeping active is important. Local sports and community facilities wherever you live play a major part in peoples mental and physical wellbeing, so for this reason I am also supporting the West Wight Sports and Leisure centre on the Isle of Wight, which needs funding to stay open. They are also organising the swim, making it possible for me to take on this challenge.

    Donations will be split between the two.



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      • Janet Caldwell

        Janet Caldwell

        Sep 3, 2017

        Fantastic, well done John!


      • Camilla Caldwell

        Camilla Caldwell

        Sep 3, 2017

        Well done John :)


      • Lisa Suttie

        Lisa Suttie

        Sep 2, 2017

        Well done john, sorry we're a bit late with our donation. B&L xxx


      • S East

        S East

        Sep 1, 2017

        Brave or stoopid, you're the best. Good Luck xxx


      • Leah Nicholls

        Leah Nicholls

        Sep 1, 2017

        We'll be there cheering you on in the morning John, lots of love & luck Auntie Rachel , Leah , Phil , Mia & George x x x


      • Andrew Byres

        Andrew Byres

        Aug 31, 2017

        Good luck John. Keep up the good work.


      • Woodhouse's


        Aug 31, 2017

        Go John! For such a good cause... just keep swimming:) Love the Woodhouse's


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