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Tudor Swims the Channel

1 team member

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]***UPDATE 28/07/13 ***[/p][lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt][/p][lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]Hello everyone! I'm very happy to say that I completed my swim in a time of 15hrs and 53mins! I'd like to thank you all for the incredible support, and of course all of your very generous donations![/p][lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt][/p][lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]**********************[/p][p] [/p][hr/][p] [/p][lt]p style="margin: 0.833em 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; widows: 2; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]“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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]I moved to and fro between the Royal Marsden and Kingston Hospital, where Momentum had only really just started.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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).[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]I've decided I'll be swimming from England to France in July 2014[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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.[/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt]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![/p] [lt]p style="margin-top: 0.833em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0.833em; margin-left: 0px; color: #000000; font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: justify; padding: 0px;"[gt][i][b]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us 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. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/b][/i][/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

28 Aug 2014

Charity

Supporters

Oct 3, 2014

Tudor Morris (on behalf of Mike Wiggins)

I told you I didn't spend it on beer

£280.00 plus £70.00 Gift Aid

Sep 10, 2014

Isaac

Brilliant achievement, congratulations mate

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 7, 2014

John & Kathy King

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 6, 2014

Bikat

Congratulations Tudor! Well done for raising so much for such a good cause! All the best, Bikat

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 28, 2014

Sara, Lucy & Toria Eves

Very well done Tudor you are amazing! I think of you very often and wish you all the best for the future!

£100.00

Aug 24, 2014

Ellen

crazy fool

£20.00

Aug 16, 2014

Hugo Gale

£5.00

Aug 13, 2014

Lucy Findlater

Why has it taken me so long to donate?! Well done Tudor!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2014

Julie and John Franklin

Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment Tudor! In honor of John Moore's 60th, we are happy to support this cause.

£70.00

Aug 9, 2014

David and Patrica Webb part 2!

David and Patricia gave me CHF 150 = £100! so here's the rest of the £100!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Tudor Morris

Tudor Morris