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Hayley Barnard

Help me make a splash for 30 orphans who live in Molima Family Home in Malawi.

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Hello & thanks for visiting my fundraising page

I was once an orphan. 
My adoptive parents gave me all the love and support a child could ever dream of. My dad had a dream. In his retirement he would sail around the Mediterranean, "with my grandchildren diving off the side into the sea". Sadly, he never made it to retirement or met his grandchildren. He died in his 50s and with him that dream died too.

I've ALWAYS dreamed of swimming the English Channel - they call it the Everest of marathon swimming. So I’m seizing the day!

My hope is that I will realise my ambition to drag myself ashore in France having swam 21 miles and, with your support, secure a better future for 30 orphans. Please help me raise £6,000 for a wonderful little charity called Orfund. 100% of the sponsorship will go to them. I'm covering the costs.
My father-in-law introduced me to Orfund when he was a trustee of theirs and visited the home in Malawi to meet the kids. I have personally sponsored one of the girls for many years now. I know that the money raised goes straight to the young people in the form of a place to call home, food, clothing & an education. 
Thank you!

Event details

Solo swim across the English Channel for ORFUND.

I have been training for three years for my date with the English Channel. I have competed in a number of big swims to help me prepare, including a race around Manhattan and an English Channel Relay which allowed me to experience swimming at night in the Channel in the dark.

Route: Dover, England - Cap Gris Nez, France

Distance: 21 miles / 34 km

Duration: With the right conditions I could do it in 13 hours but between 14-19 hours is more realistic

Wetsuit: No - not allowed! Swimming costume, hat and goggles only as per the 'Channel Swimming Rules'

Goose Fat: NOPE! Channel Swimmers no longer wear goose fat which was thought to protect against the cold. It doesn't. However Vaseline is liberally applied to various bits of the body to help protect against chaffing

Solo? Yes. It will just be me swimming with a qualified pilot (thanks Stuart Gleeson on board Sea Leopard) to guide me across the busiest shipping lane in the world

Tracking? Yes. There will be Facebook Live updates on my page and you can use this link to see where I am within the Channel:

Event date

05-October-2018 07:00  - 
05-October-2018 23:55

Event type

Solo English Channel Swim

Event is completed


Well done Hayley - a truly tremendous achievement!
Donation by Adrian Hale - friend of Paul & Liz
on 20-11-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Hi Hayley so proud of you, all those early morning swim training sessions paid off.
Donation by simon newbury
on 29-10-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 28-10-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Well done Hayley - great swim and great charity. Ian and Maggie (friends of P & L)
Donation by Anonymous
on 19-10-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Congratulations, Hayley! Such a good cause, too.
Donation by Anonymous
on 18-10-2018
Amazing achievement Hayley! Greg and Flo (friends of Paul and Liz)
Donation by Gregory Padmore
on 11-10-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Amazing! I flew back over the channel on Sunday and it was incredible to think you swam across it just a couple of days before.
Donation by Victoria Marsom
on 11-10-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Well done Hayley!! You really are amazing! Xx
Donation by Kelly
on 10-10-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Huge congratulations. You are a Star xx
Donation by Jean and Barrie
on 09-10-2018
£5.00 gift aid
A lot of people do a lot of great things- but this is off the scale! Hope you're resting up somewhere nice and warm
Donation by The Osmans
on 08-10-2018
£2.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £6,801.00
Offline Donations: £250.00
Total Raised: £7,051.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £8,298.75

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