Sensibly many people who attempt major endurance feats like a solo swim of the English Channel, do so in a low-key fashion and without fanfare.  Somewhere early in my journey towards a Channnel attempt I decided to go public about this crazy venture - for one very good reason.  I would like to raise as much money as possible for a charity that funds research into breast cancer.

Why breast cancer?

Rosie Choueka was an exceptional human being and a beloved friend.  She died from secondary breast cancer in June 2015 at the age of 38 leaving behind her husband Elliot and their two young children. 

A beautiful woman - inside and out

A beautiful woman - inside and out

Rosie was academically brilliant with a double first from Oxford and highly accomplished - she became a partner in a City law firm in her early 30s.  But far more importantly she had a heart the size of a small planet and her love was always accompanied by a no nonsense, refreshingly English, approach to life. 

In her death she touched tens of thousands through her blog Fighting Genghis, which went viral and became national news in the UK. 

A charity, Secondary1st, has been established in her memory. It is funding research into secondary breast cancer.

2018 - a year of fundraising

My current target date for my English Channel solo attempt is August 2020. When I finally take to Shakespeare Beach or Samphire Hoe I will have spent close to eight years training, planning and building towards this swim. This will be my main fundraising drive for Secondary1st.

However, in 2018 I will fundraise for the whole year for this fantastic cause. I have two major swims planned, as well as two other endurance events. More details will be added here at the end of 2017.