We did it!! After 13 hours and 52 minutes, including some pretty hairy moments, we landed near Cape Griz Nez at 3.28am on Thursday!! A huge thank you to everyone involved, and to all of you that have supported us.
Tom's tragic death affected a huge number of people. Not only was he one of the most talented young cricketers in the country, he was also the kindest, funniest, and most likeable person you could ever wish to meet.
After sharing many memories both on and off the field during the time I spent with him at Glamorgan, I wanted to do something in his memory, whilst raising money for a number of good causes.
My professional cricket career was cut short due to injury in 2011, following 2 knee operations. As a result, any running or cycling challenges were out of the question, so I have decided to swim the English Channel with two of my friends.
Myself, Tom Mees, and Emma Lawson will be donning our swimming costumes in September of this year, and swimming in excess of 21 miles from England to France in a relay format, dodging tankers, ferries, driftwood and jellyfish.
We will be raising money for the Tom Maynard Trust, set up to help disadvantaged young sportsmen and women, and The Professional Cricketers Association Benevolent Fund, who have supported former players and their families in need of assistance with through hard times. They have helped players who have been paralysed, had limbs amputated, and have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
All donations will be gratefully received, and the money raised will make a real difference to the lives of so many people.
Thank you for reading this.