Tudor Morris


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Tudor Swims the Channel

Tudor Morris

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***UPDATE 21/09/13 ***

First of all I'd like to thank you all for the amazing support for my channel swim. I've spent the last two years in preparation for this and you've all been very encouraging to me. Momentum have been fantastic too.

Unfortunately my coach has strongly advised me to postpone my swim until next season because the water temperature has dropped off to unseasonably cold levels, and just keeps dropping, along with the air temperature. It would be a huge risk to my health if I went ahead with it this year... as the saying goes - "you wouldn't go up everest in a storm."

This really does just show how unpredictable this swim can be and why it requires such a huge commitment to train for - as such, I'm making the attempt early August next year

If anything this has made absolutely determined to make the crossing, and with another year of training under my (expanding) belt, as well as another year of fundraising for Momentum, I'm not thinking of this as a failure, more of a delayed success.

I'd like to thank you all for your patience. Bear with me, I will get this done.


My name is Tudor Morris and when I was 13 years old I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects the immune system and lymphatic glands where white blood cells are produced. By the time I started treatment the cancer had spread and I had tumors on both sides of my neck, and more alarmingly, close to my heart and lungs.

“The big C” had always been a word that scared me – my late mother sadly passed away when I was 6 years old, and knowing that when I had it reminded me of its potency – not just to individuals, but to families.

Despite my rather dire condition I went through several years of fairly intensive chemotherapy, minor and major surgeries, and a whole cocktail of different drugs and pills.

I moved to and fro between the Royal Marsden and Kingston Hospital, where Momentum had only really just started.

One of the worst things was being in containment – when your immune system is so low that you could be put at risk from a minor infection, you are essentially put in a sanitised room until your bloods improve. You can be in there for weeks on end without really being able to leave one room, or the relative ‘infection safe’ zone safety of the hospital ward. Of course, family and friends are allowed to visit, but only if they aren’t ill themselves.

Momentum were able to provide me with all sorts of entertainment when I was at Kingston – I could request pretty much anything (within reason, of course) and spent hours watching Simpsons DVDs and reading books when I wasn’t sleeping… or doing schoolwork (cough).

That 8 years ago now, and luckily I am now cancer free having beaten the disease that my mother sadly succumbed to all those years ago. Momentum has changed vastly since then – when I was at Kingston, it was a very small charity, but with generous donations from the public it has grown.

Naturally, I wanted to give something back to Momentum – for what they did for me, and the massive amount of support that they continue to give today.

I've decided I'll be swimming from England to France in September 2013

Along the way I'll be swimming in 15 degree water and will be following the rules set by the Channel Swimming Association – that being, no wetsuits, no stopping, no getting out, no touching the boat. Coated in a protective layer of grease and armed only with tight fitting swimsuits, goggles and swim hats, I'll be swimming through obstacles such as floating debris, sewage, jellyfish and 500 ton freight cargo boats.

It’s worthwhile noting at this point that swimming the channel is considered to be the absolute ultimate test of endurance, strength and stamina. More people have climbed Mt. Everest than have done the swim, the main reason for failure is due to hypothermia.

If there’s anything that you can think you can do to help, then me know. Besides that, one thing we’re definitely looking for is money! So dig deep and get donating!

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Recent donors

21.04.14 get wet..keep warm

14.04.14 Best of luck, Tudor! xxx

11.04.14 Good luck with the swim

11.04.14 Good Luck!! Smash it!

11.04.14 Good luck, not that you need it!

25.10.13 Tudor, Thank you for talking to our son when he was diagnosed with cancer in his first year at KGS and to Momentum through whom I've made some great friends. Oliver wanted to support you, but sadly he died in September, having just started in the 6th form


09.10.13 An incredible challenge. Pob lwc.

05.10.13 To the man who illustrated my Dad's story book (4 years ago!). Thanks for the pictures, they are great. All the best for the swim!

03.10.13 Good luck in 2014

02.10.13 Good luck Tudor when ever you do the swim.

27.09.13 Tudor hi, Sorry to hear about the delay, I swam across a lake in the Alps once and the cold nearly got me, I developed a shiver that made it hard to breath and I went blue, so best not to risk it. i'm a County swimmer and divemaster. Respect and good luck

27.09.13 Best of luck for whenever you can do this.i really like the video.

26.09.13 Good luck for next season John B

26.09.13 Good luck when it happens.

25.09.13 I heard about your amazing challenge from Hattie....just brilliant. Good Luck or Well done (if you've completed it)

24.09.13 Our son learnt about your story from Ms Collison at KGS and we want to support you on this amazing undertaking. Best of luck next year. The Marshall family.

24.09.13 I'm a local unemployed person who learned about this through twitter. I can't be too generous but the cause and your reason are inspired. I wish you much luck


23.09.13 best of luck for next season

22.09.13 You never cease to amaze us! Sandy, Cameron and Lindsay

22.09.13 So sorry to hear of the delay but the sponsorship can continue. Best of luck in August


20.09.13 Best of luck

20.09.13 Tudor, I'd say you've already faced the 'ultimate test of endurance, strength and stamina' and won it! You're sure to smash this one! Good luck x


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