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.
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.
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.