SwimBuddies Westward Ho E. Channel Relay Team


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p][b]The charity and the task in hand[/b][/p][p]In appreciation of the admirable work of the RNLI in keeping the North Devon waters safe, Swimbuddies Westward Ho! E.C Relay Team, have self-funded an English Channel crossing aiming to take this opportunity to support the RNLI. [/p][p]The funds will be ring-fenced and evenly shared between Clovelly and Appledore Lifeboat stations.[/p][p]The English Channel rules state you cannot wear a wetsuit, only trunks, goggles and a hat. Whilst swimming you cannot touch the boat.[/p][p]It is well established you swim quicker with a swimming wetsuit, consequently an additional challenge being swimmers having to adapt to cold water acclimatising. Attempting the challenge during June it is likely the water temperature will be below 15c. Success isn’t granted it’s a challenge to be respected, conditions will be choppy and unpredictable. [/p][p]The team have had to adapt training throughout lockdown as pools closed and when open limiting their sessions. [/p][p]Please feel free to share this page /link and if you can spare a pound or two to support the RNLI it will be appreciated 2nd to none.[/p][p][b]The Team: [/b][/p][p]Andrew the team leader, a qualified open water swim coach has a successful E.Channel relay under his belt, being the 1st successful crossing during June 2019, and nearly made it to France as a solo swimmer if it wasn’t for the channel ferries hampering his progress, resulting in his swim being aborted after 15hrs and 34mins of swimming (7 of them throughout darkness). He has been guilty of sowing the seed and recruiting the team recognising their individual strengths, passion, and grit for facing challenges.[/p][p]Saffron, may be the baby of the group, however, she’s a qualified swim teacher, swims like a fish, her youthfulness and zest for swimming in choppy conditions keeps the mature members of the team on their toes.[/p][p]Ian is new to open water swimming, however, he’s "the fast man" of the team committed to the task in hand. He will leave the English shores, swimming the 1st leg from Sapphire Hoe, from then on we rotate on the hour.[/p][p]Sheree has been conquering the cold this winter, being her 1st winter swimming without a wetsuit she has the true making of a future official ice miler in the years ahead.[/p][p]Serena the softly spoken member of the team swims at one pace only, and that’s a few meters ahead of everyone else , in the pool she s like a shark her humour will keep the team amused or jumping overboard.[/p][p]Helen having moved to the South coast and discovering open water swimming during 2019 has been going from strength to strength holding her own, always ready for a challenge 2nd to none![/p][p]We hope you enjoy following our journey and support a well worthy cause -its appreciated 2nd to none![/p]


Personal Challenge Date

15 Jun 2021



Jul 18, 2021

Cher and Martha

Well done Sheree xxx


Jul 16, 2021

Mary and jeff

Well done Ian and team. Mary and Jeff.

Jul 15, 2021



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2021


Well done Sheree me murrrrrmaid!


Jul 7, 2021

John Rous

Congratulations Andrew, Sheree and team!


Jul 1, 2021

Endoscopy Barnstaple


Jun 30, 2021

Bob and Janice

Very well done lads and lasses for such a worthy local cause


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2021



plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2021

Roger White

Great achievment.


plus £3.92 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2021

Phil Stevens

Well done Ian and team From Phil


Andrew Butler

Andrew Butler

Saffron Crowther

Saffron Crowther

Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis

Serena Strickland

Serena Strickland

Sheree Prouse

Sheree Prouse

Helen Winterson

Helen Winterson

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