24th May 2016

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Yeahhh!!! Not only have I managed a 2-hour swim in the sea at 11 degrees – there was no need to call the coastguard or even an ambulance – result! The sea was a tad rougher than I would have preferred but you cannot have everything when you leave it to the last minute. Obviously the Channel will be a lot calmer than the nice sheltered bay I was swimming in.

The last 40 minutes in the water were really, really not pleasant – checking my watch every ten minutes to see how long I had left, only to realise it was only a minute since I last checked. I have never experienced such cold in my life and really quite hoping I never will again. Certain aspects of my anatomy were definitely smaller than a 4-year-old boys.

However, now it’s official that they will let me attempt the Channel I can focus on one of the key reasons for sharing the training on Facebook and writing about it – to raise as much money as possible for charity.

Through Smart Aid and being part of Rotary I have seen many great causes. Therefore, rather than raising money for one specific cause, I am initially fundraising for Rotary. Then, all of the money donated will be distributed to various charities. It would be fantastic if you could support me here – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/coastbusters Not only will you be helping some great causes, you will make sure that I don’t have any choice but to dive into a shoal of jelly fish during the swim If that’s what it takes.

Rotary is an amazing organisation that I am immensely proud to be a part of. If anyone is interested in finding out more about it and the amazing work, they do you can check it out here – www.rotaryleedswhiterose.co.uk you would be very welcome to join us for breakfast on a Wednesday morning in Leeds – just let me know.

One day, in the distant future I might actually like the idea of going swimming again.