• 'Tis But A Scratch: One Man's Challenge Against Adversity

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    Andy undertook his first charity swim in 1970 when he swam 240 lengths of Barkingside swimming pool to raise £400 (a lot of money in those days) for a cancer charity. He had 400 sponsors at 1d (old money) per length.

    Andy was the first person to swim the non-tidal Thames. In 2005 he swam from the Round House, west of Lechlade, to Teddington Lock, raising over £20,000 for The Anthony Nolan Trust and setting a new World Record.

    Never one to be idle, Andy devised this latest venture in aid of two charities; Herts Air Ambulance and Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre in 2009, planning to do the swim in 2012. It had never been done before. There are few challenges that break new ground (or sea) so Andy was keen to set a new World record for this event.
    Andy was swimming between 3 and 5 miles (192 - 320 lengths!) a day in training. However, just 3 weeks before the start he broke his neck in an accident at home and was left quadriplegic. Addenbrooke's miraculously managed to put him back together again and despite constant pain, Andy was soon back in training and was determined to complete the swim, albeit a year late!

    Watch the video and hear the story of how he overcame adversity to set a new World Record. Then, please, make a small donation to his charities. Cheers.


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