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Solo English Channel Swim

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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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I may be having a mid-life crisis. Actually, there's no 'may be' about it!

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

I've always dreamed of swimming the English Channel -- they call it the Everest of marathon swimming. So me and my mid-life crisis are 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 future for 30 orphans. Please help me raise £8,000 for a wonderful little charity called Orfund. My father-in-law introduced me to Orfund when he was a trustee of theirs. I know that the money raised goes straight to the kids in the form of food, clothing and education. 

Event details

Solo swim across the English Channel for ORFUND.

After three years of dedicated training I will embark upon a solo English Channel swim. Here are the basic facts:

Route: Shakespeare Beach in Dover - Cap Gris Nez, France

Distance: 21 miles / 34 km

Duration: With the right conditions I could do it in under 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'

Biggest threat: hypothermia

Other threats: shipping, jellyfish, exhaustion, debris, weather, SIPE, abuse from my support team

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

Help? No physical contact at all. Liquid food is passed via a cup from my support team

Event date

26-July-2019 00:00  - 
27-July-2019 00:00

Event type

Channel Swim

460 days to event start


Good luck 😀xx
Donation by Helynne Foster
on 01-12-2017
£2.50 gift aid
We are pleased to support this very good cause .Good Luck.
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on 30-07-2017
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on 21-07-2017
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Our hero 😀😀
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on 27-06-2017
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Good luck Hayley!
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on 06-06-2017
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Good luck Hayley!
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Donation summary

Online Donations: £2,370.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £2,370.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,792.50

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