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Vanessa Impey

Boris v. The Channel

Fundraising for Willow Foundation

144 %
raised of £5,000 target
by 99 supporters
  • Team members: Boris Mavra (Swimmer), Vanessa Impey (Manager), Sophie Rutenbar (Support swimmer), Ante Kusurin (boat support) Milodar Mavra (boat support), Christo and Peter Impey (childcare and technical support) Alan Campbell (fund-raiser and long-suffering listener)
  • Event: Swimming the Channel

Willow Foundation

We fulfil unforgettable Special Days to support seriously ill 16 - 40 year olds

Charity Registration No. 1106746


Thank you for your time and interest!   Boris Swam the Channel in 14 hours and 24 minutes!

He swam non-stop and was truly amazing. We all felt privileged to witness such an outstanding achievement first hand. The conditions were shocking for a while, with massive swell and high winds, but he just kept swimming.

Boris landed on Sangatte beach joined by  Sophie (recent Channel Swimmer), Ante (Olympic Rower for Croatia and Stroked Oxford Blue boat this year), Michal (Polish International rower and Oxford rower this year) and Vanessa (!), who all swam ashore with him  -200m The French lady on the beach thought we'd all done the whole thing, which was rather pleasing. 

We have had a few philosophical discussions about the point of this challenge and I hope you will agree it is a good opportunity to raise money for a very worthy cause. The Willow Foundation is an amazing charity that provides very personalised special experiences for adults with life-threatening conditions.

To give you an idea of what they do: a Mum desperately wanted one more Christmas with her kids but it was Summer and she was dying. So Willow  wrapped  the presents, decorated the Christmas tree and covered the garden in man-made snow.  Please look at their website for more details of the wonderful joy and happy memories they provide to so many families facing everyone's worst nightmare.

Please sponsor Boris now and give meaning to his madness!
Best wishes and many thanks, 

Vanessa Impey and Boris Mavra

PS: Donating directly:

If you would prefer to give directly, rather than through the website, please send any cheques made payable to The Willlow Foundation with Boris written on the back, to 13 Lonsdale Rd SW13 9ED

Donating through Justgiving is quick, easy and totally secure. It’s also the most efficient way to sponsor: Willow Foundation gets your money faster and, if you’re a UK taxpayer, Justgiving makes sure 25% in Gift Aid, plus a 3% supplement, are added to your donation.


  • Wednesday, 29 July 2009 - mid Channel
  • Boris and Sophie, Dover Marina, 3am
  • Ante and Michal +8