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MENCAP MARVELS Swim English Channel 2020

4 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]The Mencap Marvels are taking on the huge challenge of swimming from Dover to France as a relay team. Some people who've never swum to France focus on the time in the water for each swimmer...they reckon an hour at a time for each of us is very do-able. Well it can be but not necessarily. As someone who has swum solo to France and also in a couple of relays - and who has also had a baby...I'd liken it more to childbirth...the discomfort you have to be prepared for is not necessarily about the duration its about the intensity. When you swim to France...you might get a perfect day but for most of us who have swam to France (and more people have climbed Everest) the truth is you have to be prepared for anything...swimming in the dark, through strong tides, across the busiest shipping lane in the world...every swimmer has to be willing to swim in cold, storms, through swarms of jellyfish...and to be prepared for the weather to turn in a flash...the biggest certainty is that there is no knowing what kind of swim you will have when you leave England...and this alone causes many a talented sports swimmer to fail...so much of this tough learning is about learning to swim in a new way and learning to manage fear, uncertainty and adversity...we have chosen to share a team adventure and a tough challenge in order to support Mencap - the UK's No 1 charity supporting learning disabilities.[/p][p]The Mencap Marvels have overcome big obstacles - as we are both English and Welsh we haven't been able to train together as planned. Covid has restricted travel but also hammered access to pools...some of us have improvised with tethers, some of us have embraced chilly waters early in the season, others have focussed on land based training...and now we are ready together to embark on a special journey...we would very much appreciate help and support from our friends and family.[/p][p]Right now, people with a learning disability face inequalities in every area of life.[/p][p]They face barriers finding a job, accessing activities in their local community and receiving good quality healthcare. [/p][p]By supporting Mencap you will be helping us to support people with a learning disability to live the life they choose, and do the things they love.[/p][p]We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

15 Aug 2020



Aug 15, 2020

Granny Liz

A wonderful effort involving a huge amount of planning and preparation. Well done all of you


Aug 15, 2020

Anna Ross

Good luck all!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2020

Pam and Tracey

Keep going team from the SwimMastery coaches


Aug 15, 2020

Matt D


Aug 15, 2020

Martin Pope

Inspirational efforts from you all- especially Beech Hall.

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2020

Jenny Lyons

Sending you all love and good luck - have a great swim xxxx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2020

Jackie Knox

Good luck Stan and team stay safe xxxxxx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2020

Marie Millward

Well done all of you! Xxx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2020

Martha Marshall-Clack

Good luck!


Aug 15, 2020

Audrey and Chris

Good luck Andrea and co

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Nikki Pope

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Mark Critchlow

Mark Critchlow

James Allen

James Allen

Andrea Stanley

Andrea Stanley