Tudor Morris


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Tudor Swims the Channel

Tudor Morris

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***UPDATE 15/07/13 ***

Ok ladies and gentlemen - due to good conditions in the channel at the moment, I've had the opportunity to bring my swim forward to the slot 20-28th July... I will be on call within that whole slot and could go off at any time...

***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

21.07.14 Sorry it isn't a lot, but I hope it helps! You are an absolute hero, will be thinking of you as you swim your heart out, so inspiring, GOOD LUCK!!!! P.S. Maybe you can ask Charlotte to take over for a few hours if you get tired???

21.07.14 Good luck mate. All the best!

21.07.14 Spent such special times with your mum, she would be so proud

21.07.14 Good Luck Tudor

20.07.14 Donation of CHF 300 from "Anonymous"

20.07.14 Donation from Donald MacPhail in lieu of gift for John Moore's 60th

18.07.14 Following you since KGS - away you go.

16.07.14 Well done Tudor

15.07.14 Best of luck from all the Gilbards

14.07.14 Hi Tudor. I wish you all the best for your venture. I am a friend of Charlotte's family and John Moore - "Happy 60th, J". I have a sister who has been through chemo and radio for breast cancer, so your story had some resonances for me. All best again!

10.07.14 Good luck Tudor with this amazing challenge It was great to meet you and hear all about what is involved !

05.07.14 £100 love Rosie

04.07.14 Good luck Tudor!

30.06.14 Best mates with your Mum from the age of 7 and loved her dearly. Maybe one day I can share some special memories with you. This challenge you have set yourself is truly inspiring I wish you the very very best.

28.06.14 Good luck Tudor - will be thinking of you proudly all the way. Much love Debs xx

27.06.14 Momentum is an amazing charity, all the best.

27.06.14 Hope all goes well Tudor. with our love Annette, Andrew, Joseph, Sean, Ciaran and Michael x

27.06.14 I am in awe!

25.06.14 Well Done - I knew your mother at school and loved her!

25.06.14 Wishing you good luck in your amazing swim. From one of your mum's old Sutton High school friends.

24.06.14 Wishing you all the luck in the world for your swim, Tudor! With love from another of Sue's old school friends! xxx

24.06.14 Good luck from an old school friend of your Mum x

24.06.14 Old school friend of Susie. She would be so proud.

21.06.14 Good luck Tudor

25.04.14 Tudor, I'll double it if you do the Atlantic.


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