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Update 1 - Sorry guys I am delaying the swim until August 2010, for the following reasons:

- The date for the Padstow swim has changed to July 17th 2009 which I cannot make as I am attending an open air concert for the weekend which I cannot get out of, tickets bought, camping the whole weekend, loads of us going. including my sisters kids, and I cannot let them down.

- Really not fit enough for this anyway, work load has meant I am struggling to ge to the pool.

- I will be able to raise the £1000 needed by delaying for a year.

So sorry to all that have sponsored me so early, at least it has got to the charity earlier then expected!

Back to the reason for the swimathon:

My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer Disease when he was in his early fifties, and it was devastating to see him deteriorate. We lost him some time ago and I have finally got round to doing something for this great charity. I want to raise £1000 or more in his memory.

I am raising funds and awareness of Alzheimer's Society by swimming the Padstow to Rock Estuary. I will swim the shark infested waters whilst having my legs and arms tied together, no clothes are allowed only goose fat and feathers.

Joking aside its about a mile with strong currents coming across you as the water goes back out to sea. I watched it last year and thought you fools, you wouldnt catch me doing that. Im as flippant as ever and after completing 4 lengths in my local swimming pool (JJB in Kidderminster - free advertising - sponsor me!) having only swallowed half of the pool, I thought, why not? 

You might also be interested to hear that the training is well underway.  Im getting to the pool - oh at least every other week, due to work commitments (thanks Waterscan - more free advertising - sponsor me!)

I am currently upto 10 lengths before my need to breath underwater stops me "performing". I asked for some advice from my sons swimming teacher and after she looked me up and down and said not a chance (Tenbury Leisure Centre - Jenny - more free advertising - sponsor me) she stated I have to swim 4 times the distance in the pool for a comparison of sea swimming, so thats 400 lengths at 1 minute a length? thats nearly 7 hours in the pool non stop!!

So as I write this (Jan 09) I have some way to go to be fit and able to get to land on the otherside, but come August bank holiday I will do it. All in memory of my wonderful Father who we lost to this awful disease.

Thanks for reading my waffle and lets get that £1000 if not more!!

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to donate: Alzheimer's Society will receive your money electronically and, if you are a UK taxpayer, an extra 28% in Gift Aid will be added to your donation at no cost to you.

Many thanks for your support

Richard "the not quite a fish" Butler

Raising money for

Alzheimer's Society

Alzheimer's Society

Charity Registration No. 296645

Alzheimer's Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, their families and carers. To find out more about fundraising for the Society log on to

Donations 12

Don't drink the water

Donation by Jan Vail on 12/02/10


+ £7.05 Gift Aid

Watch out for those turds dude!

Donation by Ben Dover on 22/05/09


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

In fond memory of Terry as we hadsuch fun all of us together when you were all young.Your Dad was a great man to have around. LOVE FROM KATE & MIKE

Donation by kate & Mike Archer on 15/04/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Richard your DAD would have been very proud of you well done eat beans the night before it should help a little with the extra air! Best of luck

Donation by Richard Archer on 14/04/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

Best of luck! to make it more interesting I'm sponsoring a shark to chase you.

Donation by Chris Tennant on 17/03/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

donation from Asda Washington good luck

Donation by Terry Lendrum on 17/03/09


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

All that "Surface Water" experience should stand you in good stead!! Try not to drown, it is a dismissable offence! Good luck!

Donation by Neil & Tracy Pendle on 11/02/09


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Think you're a crazy nutter! ...But good on ya matey :o) Good Luck xx

Donation by Bec & Si on 03/02/09


+ £5.64 Gift Aid

do you need anyone to smear you in lard?

Donation by julian on 02/02/09


+ £2.82 Gift Aid

Hi Rich! How could i refuse. Pleased to help Mate. Greetings from the Black Forest!!

Donation by Jason Dillon on 29/01/09


Good Luck... Enjoy the swim!

Donation by Melloshell on 29/01/09


Great stuff, Richard. Terry Butler was a lovely man, very kind and generous to us all growing up. A worthy cause indeed. Now please learn to swim.

Donation by Sam Semple on 28/01/09


+ £14.10 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£300.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£300.00
  • Gift Aid£66.28

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