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Neil Brinkworth

Brinky Swims the Channel Donation Page

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Captain Matthew Webb was the first person to swim the English Channel on the 24th August 1875. For me this is quite poignant as a close best friend Mat Luscombe died on the 24th August after fighting a long and brave battle after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. He left behind a beautiful young family, a loving wife who was his soul partner and his sons who were the apples in his eye.[/p][p][img]http://cspf.co.uk/img/imagecache/4/6/4/1/cache_4641364785acc62d28c9a284fb3add85.jpg" alt="cmw[/img][/p][p]I never had any ambition or desire to swim the English Channel, I simply enjoyed open water swimming as a hobby, found it a bit of fun and a good way to keep fit. I had full admiration for the long distance open water swimmers and people in 'skins' (those who swim without a wetsuit, usually all year round).[/p][p]I remember one afternoon when I visited my friend in St Lukes Hospice shortly before he passed away, I was think that life was so cruel that he should be robbed of life and love at such a young age. We should have all grown old together with our families and friends, but it just wasn't meant to be.[/p][p]I looked at him and thought that I must do something to raise awareness for the care and compassion that St Lukes has provided and raise awareness for all the effort and work that the Brain Tumour Research do.[/p][p]It was then that the seed was planted in my head to swim the English Channel, I knew very little about what was involved, only that it is a stretch of water that separates England and France and it is one of the busiest shipping channels in the world.[/p][p]At the time of writing this the 2018 English Channel swimming season is open, 1755 successful solo swimmers have completed the 21 mile crossing to date, with the average solo crossing time being 13 hours, 31 minutes, 50 seconds. Wearing nothing more than a swim hat, goggles and swimming costume with only a qualified pilot and crew to guide them across the English Channel. No physical contact is allowed at all, all food and drink is passed via a drinks bottle on a rope by the support crew.[/p][p]I will be attempting to swim the English Channel between the 22nd July-30th July 2019, it seems a long way off to be thinking about swimming the English Channel, but there is a tremendous amount of preparation and training that I have to be put in between now and then.[/p][p]I will be funding all the training and the actual swim myself, therefore all money that I successfully raise with be split equally between St Lukes Hospice (Plymouth) and Brain Tumour Research. I am hoping to raise a total £5,000. [/p][p]If you want to follow my progress just follow/like me on [url=https://www.facebook.com/englishchannel2019/]https://www.facebook.com/englishchannel2019/[/url][/p][p]Thanks for visiting my page. Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p][p][br][/p][p][img]http://cspf.co.uk/img/imagecache/b/8/a/a/cache_b8aac50617ff72fa1881975c47df8e16.jpg" alt="map" style="float: left;[/img][img]http://www.whiteonesugar.co.uk/cross-channel-swim-lg.png" alt="Shakes" style="float: right;[/img][img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7JkKyVGRIjU/TjYqk5qJnWI/AAAAAAAAH34/YONhJslzU9U/s1600/English+Channel+Swim+%25285%2529.jpg" alt="sunset" style="float: left;[/img][/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]

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Sep 11, 2019

Bethany and Shelagh Skinnard

Hi Neil. This (belated) donation is from friends of Sue Luscombe. You achieved an incredible feat in aid of the wonderful man that was Mat. Huge congratulations!! Bethany and Shelagh.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2019


Smashing effort!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 6, 2019


Well done Neil. Brenda, Remco.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Sep 3, 2019

Graham Platt

Well done Neil.

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Aug 29, 2019


Well done really so much. When I saw you at the life centre training the Channel swim seemed so far away.!! Hope you have recovered well!! Sall x


Aug 28, 2019

Bob MT

Well done, Neil

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 9, 2019

Sue and John Fitzsimmons

Well done Neil on your epic swim. A truly amazing achievement.


Aug 8, 2019


£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 8, 2019

Simon with assistance of a nice stranger

Thank you

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2019

Jacqueline and Kevin MT

Brilliant, well done.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid