At the beginning of August the Brockwell Swimmers club will be challenging the English Channel with a five person relay team swimming from Dover to France on the 14th August. Also on the previous Saturday 12th August other members will try to swim the same distance at Brockwell Lido. Both hope to raise over £5,000 for the RNLI who do an amazing job saving lives at sea around our UK coast.
The twenty and half mile crossing will be swum one hour at a time by each of the five person relay team; e.g. one hour swim then four hours rest. Last year’s successful swim took just over 14 hours to reach the French shore so fingers crossed for a good result in 2023.The club has booked the Connemara, skippered by Kevin Sherman, for the neap tide 14th August. This is a prime slot to swim but if the weathers does misbehave the swim may be delayed until later in the year.
On the previous Saturday morning 12th August the Brockwell Swimmers club will also be attempting to swim a matching distance at the Lido.This will be a combined swim with a goal of reaching 676 lengths, also raising money for the RNLI. Numbers of lengths pledged so far range from 10 lengths to 200 and the more swimmers the better. Swimmers can contact the club if you want to join them in raising money.
Both events will be raising money for the RNLI, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, who help protect so many swimmers around the UK every year. It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches in England.The RNLI continues to rely on donations and legacies for its income.
Please click on our JustGiving page to donate to the charity.