We are attempting an Ireland to Scotland Relay Channel Swim.
Many people will be aware of the amazing feat of swimming the English Channel - something that a few members of our team did back in 2014 as part of another relay. To compare; the Irish channel is half a mile longer, a whole lot colder, constantly changing conditions and to top it off, likely to encounter jellyfish too.
The same channel swimming rules apply; so no wetsuits, all we will have whilst in the water is a basic swim suit (ie speedos for the men), a swim hat and goggles.
We will depart on the beach at Donaghadee and finish when we hit solid ground in Scotland (we will be aiming for Portpatrick). Each member on the team will take it in turns to swim for 1 hour at a time until we reach our goal.
The Northen Irish Channel Swim relay has only been successfully completed 23 times since 1990, which shows just how difficult this will, or how mad we are for trying - probably both of these are true. In comparison over 800 people climbed Mount Everest last year.
We are doing this swim in support of The Great North Ambulance Service, which goes without saying is an excellent cause and last year alone was called out over 1100 times, often to life threatening emergencies, they are invaluable to those that needs them, they are not NHS funded and therefore any donation counts. We are self funding the attempt completely, so all donations will be going direct to the GNAAS.
When the previous team completed the English Channel they raised over whopping £18,000 in total, so we are hoping that we can at least match, or even better beat that target.
Will will be posting updates through the year about how our training is going as well as the events we will be taking part in to help us prepare - the first of which will be the 2 mile Great North Swim event on the 9th June.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this and for any donation you are able to give - however big or small.