In late 2009, inspired by David Walliams channel swim for Sport Relief, Steve came up with a “One Off” plan to cover a great distance and raise a great deal more money than previously! As a father of two children, Steve never took their health for granted and wanted to raise money to help other families in a less fortunate position. There was no contest - The local Children’s Hospice, The Chestnut Tree House was the clear choice, along with the RNLI receiving 20% in recognition of the important work they do saving lives at sea. Whilst most people suggested swimming the Channel, Steve felt that this was a challenge that was somewhat detached from the local people of Sussex, and so the plan was slowly hatched.
Originally called the Pier to Pier Challenge, the idea was to swim from Worthing Pier to Bognor Pier, some 14 miles. Steve called on the significant expertise of Nick White (no relation), the operations manager for the Littlehampton Lifeboat and due to tides and currents, he cleverly devised a route, which involved warmer seas, and more spectators (along with an extra mile or so of swimming) As luck would have it August 13th 2011 carried the strongest tides beneficial to the swim attempt, as well as being the day of the Worthing Birdman, ensuring a halfway crowd of some 20,000 people.
And so, with the plan in place there was no backing out and a 20-month master plan of training and fundraising was set in motion... Read More
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