Simon Cooke

Simon's English Channel Solo swim (World Record attempt)

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I'm attempting the earliest ever (in the year), solo swim of the English Channel, it will be a World Record attempt. My window has now been moved from 16th May 2015 to 25th May (because the water temperature, mid-Channel, is still a little too cold to be deemed safe so we're giving it an extra few day to get warmer), the present record is 29th May set by an incredible swimmer, Kevin Murphy. The major challenge is going to be the cold - temperatures in the Channel at that time of the year will hover around 11-12 degrees, the currents are lethal with the busiest shipping lane in the world.  It should take me 12-14 hours to complete and hypothermia is my biggest enemy, the crew will consist of my trainer, Fiona Southwell, who’s completed the Channel herself (the oldest woman, at the time, to have swum the English Channel and a  wonderful person), a doctor, who will be standing by just incase anything dangerous happens to me - the challengers and dangers are prevalent and very real. I’ve set up my Just Giving page for Amaze, which is a wonderful charity. Knowing that all this hard work is going to such a great Charity will keep me warm in my coldest hour (did Churchill say that :@)) Please give it!!!! Thanks so much :@)

Amaze gives information, advice and support to families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Brighton & Hove. We work to empower parents to expect and get the best for their children. We support families through the emotional and practical demands of getting the right services in finance, education, health care and leisure. Your donation is truly appreciated and will help Amaze to continue to provide a range of free and much needed services.

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Amaze helps families with disabled children and young people tackle issues such as poverty, school exclusion, social isolation, physical and mental ill-health and poor housing by providing high quality and impartial information, advice and support.

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