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Alan Gale

Alan's English Channel crossing 2014

swimming the English Channel for Acorns Children's Hospice Trust because the hospice needs to be there for other families!

128 %
raised of £10,000 target
by 283 supporters

Acorns Children's Hospice Trust

We offer a network of care to life limited & life threatened children

Charity Registration No. 700859


Harry was our son.  During his short life he was cared for by Acorns at an estimated cost (by me) of around £100,000.  Not much more needs to be said on that score, or why I’m therefore fundraising for them!

£10,000 is a huge target.  And swimming the Channel is an equally huge challenge.

To put it into perspective, the furthest I had ever swum prior to deciding on this challenge was 2km!  I need to build up to over 16 hours in the sea - hence the requirement for a whole year's worth of hard training.

More people have successfully climbed Mt. Everest than have swum the Channel.  16+ hours in cold water can quickly lead to hypothermia.  Other joys I have to look forward to may include:

·         Dodging oil tankers

·         Swimming through oil slicks (and possibly sewerage)

·         Jellyfish (sharks and whales have also been sighted on previous swims!)

·         Swallowing lots of seawater

This is no ‘jolly’.  I won’t have a warm shower or bath until the event now, whilst acclimatising whenever possible to cold water.

I'm pleased to announce that through generous sponsorship from Dovetail, HallmarkHulme, Kendal Wadley and Rybrook, I now have the full corporate sponsorship necessary to undertake this (mad) challenge.

My progress throughout the year can be followed via my blog, here.

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  • Harry Gale - our son