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Pim Kalisvaart

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Fundraising for Cancer Research UK

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raised of £15,000 target
by 187 supporters
  • Event: Solo crossing English channel

Cancer Research UK

We pioneer life-saving cancer research to help beat cancer sooner

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666


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Between August 7 and 16 I will attempt to solo swim the English Channel.
Since the first crossing in 1875 in almost 22 hrs, 9,000 further attempts have been made but only 900 crossings to date have been successful. To put this in perspective more people have reached the top of Everest or been in space. The challenge is made up of not only the distance which is more than 20 miles (34 km) but also cold water - 16 degrees celcius! Regulations strictly prohibit a wetsuit or any other protective layer so I will be prey to jellyfish the size of dinner plates in just a pair of swimming shorts.

After months of 6am trainings and many cold water swims, including a plunge in 3 degrees celcius water in January I have swum some 500km in preparation so far. The latest milestone was a gruelling 6hr swim in 16 degrees celcius to officially qualify for the swim.
Having said that, not everything has gone according to plan. Early June I have had to halt my training for a few weeks as a result of acute appendicitis-no achievement without unforeseen challenges I guess.

Cancer Research UK is a cause that is close to my heart having lost someone dear recently. It is the world's leading independent organisation dedicated to cancer research. They support research into all aspects of cancer through the work of more than 4,250 scientists, doctors and nurses.

Please dig deep and sponsor me online for my attempt to solo swim the English Channel!
Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to sponsor my attempt to swim the English Channel: Cancer Research UK will receive your money faster and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in tax will be added to your gift at no cost to you.

Everything you donate will go to charity because I am self funding all of my expenses. So please sponsor me now!

Many thanks in advance for your support.