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The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Michael And All Angels, Bedford Park, London
The Parochial Church Council Of The Ecclesiastical Parish Of St Michael And All Angels, Bedford Park, London
Channel Swim Challenge for WaterHarvest

Channel Swim Challenge for WaterHarvest

Why we need your help

Mark Critchlow has just undertaken his second swim across the English Channel as part of a four person relay. He is raising money to support WaterHarvest, which is one of St Michael's three chosen charities for this year.

Mark started start his swim at midnight on Saturday 14 September, finishing mid-afternoon on Sunday. More details to follow.

His target is to support up to 20 families in the Thar desert region of Rajasthan, by enabling them to build 'taankas' to provide a sustainable supply of clean drinking water.* 

A 'taanka' is a device for harvesting the monsoon rains and storing the water safely underground during the rest of the year when there is little or no rain. As well as providing essential clean water, the taankas will free up the women and girls of the families who often spend many hours a day carrying water over long distances (from open water sources which are often dirty and badly polluted). Above all, it will enable the girls to get back to attending school.

For those who don't know Mark, he was born in Hammersmith in 1960 and now lives in Chiswick. He is married with one daughter. Born blind in one eye, Mark began losing sight in the other eye during his 30s. He was registered Visually Impaired in Dec 2011 and his guide dog Seiko arrived in July 2012. He once enjoyed running, representing England and achieved his best marathon time of 2 hours 25 at the age of 42, but was unable to continue his running career. After 8 years of adjusting to his new life and chronic pain, he found swimming. After a first sponsored swim of a mile in 2013 for Guide Dogs, he hasn't stopped since and swam in a 4-person English Channel relay in 2017. He brings his experience to the Paramedics and Police team of 'Blue Light Bathers'.

Swimming the English Channel remains one of THE great challenges. The shortest distance is 21 miles from Dover but the current moves you many miles from side to side as the tide ebbs and flows. In 2017, Mark undertook his first crossing of the Engish Channel, also as part of a team of four, covering a distance of 36.4 miles in 13 hours 31 minutes. As well as the sheer stamina required, there are many hazards such as the cold, the jellyfish and the fact that this is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world!

Mark has taken on a challenge which most of us wouldn't contemplate in our wildest dreams, let alone if we were visually impaired. Our challenge is to support him in what he is doing to raise funds for WaterHarvest. Please be as generous as you can.

If you would like to know more about the wonderful work done by WaterHarvest, visit their website, or for a real on-the-ground insight into their work, have a look at the fascinating video on this page.

*For each 'taanka', 70% of the costs (£500) are provided by WaterHarvest and the community or family is expected to cover the remaining 30%, often by providing labour or stone. 

2,505.00

raised towards 10,000.00 target

2505.00
10000.00
 This campaign is now closed, and no longer accepting donations.

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Supporters

Nov 25, 2019

Anonymous

Hopefully this means 3000 reached! Tremendous achievement, Mark!

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Sep 27, 2019

David B

Good stuff, Mark. Well done!

200.00
(plus 50.00 giftaid)

Sep 22, 2019

M and c

Well done

30.00
(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Sep 22, 2019

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Sep 22, 2019

Meredydd and Charlotte

Amazing!

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Sep 20, 2019

Ros Lister

Well done Mark! a fantastic achievement and for a great charity

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Sep 19, 2019

Mark and Julia Walport

Congratulations on an amazing achievement. Best wishes, Julia and Mark

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Sep 19, 2019

Sophie

Well done Mark - what another amazing achievement - you are an inspiration ! Love from Sophie

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Sep 19, 2019

Anna Lightfoot

20.00

Sep 17, 2019

Torin and Carol

Congratulations Mark - a great achievement in a very good cause!

30.00
(plus 7.50 giftaid)


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Donation summary

Total raised so far

2,505.00

Total plus Gift Aid 3,012.50
Direct donations

2,350.00

Fundraising pages

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