October 20, 2010

You're never too old!

Last night I stumbled across a very interesting report in the Welwyn and Hatfield Times about Mr Andy Nation who at the age of 60 has launched his latest fund raising event...

Swimming 147 miles from London to Calais in 2012 (that's a length of the Thames followed by the Channel) to raise £1 million for charity!

You can understand why I would be impressed having taken 73 minutes to swim a mere mile in the Thames earlier this year. Andy is expecting the swim to take 14 days, and the money raised will be split between Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre and the Herts Air Ambulance.

Andy has been fund raising (and clearly a great swimmer) since 1970 when he swam 240 lengths of Barkingside Swimming Pool to raise £400 for a cancer charity. Quite an achievement in those days without the benefit of Just Giving, Facebook and Twitter to name just a few.

Do take a look at Andy's event page Teddington to Calais 2012 and read more about this extraordinary challenge and ways in which you might be able to help him reach his target. As well as Just Giving, there is an autograph book and an auction after the swim.

Good luck Andy from all of us at FunSwimShop, we will follow your training with great interest!

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