Breast Cancer UK is delighted to be the chosen charity by one of our supporters who is aiming to do a solo swim of the English Channel. Please support him on this amazing journey!

Malcolm Swarbrick is a man with an important mission – to swim the channel solo and raise funds for Breast Cancer UK at the same time.

For Malcolm, it all started when swimming became a real proficiency and passion when getting involved in a variety of challenging Triathlons, including a number of full distance Ironman triathlons.

He also completed an English Channel three-person relay which culminated in a successful fourteen-hour swim. This inspired him to consider doing a solo swim and use it to raise money for breast cancer, as his grandmother had the disease, and friends and some of his colleagues had also been diagnosed over the years.

Breast Cancer UK is humbled to be chosen as his charity and delighted to support his journey, not least because undertaking a mission like this requires extreme and exhausting training, with no guarantees of completing the journey, which is weather and tide dependent. It is also very cold and this can be a real challenge to overcome.

“Doing a channel swim needs a lot of advance preparation and, even then, there’s only a 50-60% success rate” says Malcolm. “I can be match fit, but if the weather and the tide are against me there’s only so much I can do.”

Malcolm had to book his tide slot, with a registered pilot and observer from the Channel Swimming and Pilots Federation two years in advance. And the actual crossing, when it happens, could take around 16 hours (hopefully less).

Nevertheless, he is determined.  He trains religiously, 6 swim sessions every week and, in the last 3 months, the weekend swims have been around 5 and 6 hours long for each swim whatever the weather, to ensure his physical condition is at its peak. And the temperature of the English Channel is much lower than anything in a swimming pool. Once he’s got the required stamina and endurance level sorted, the rest is down to mental preparation and the support of family, friends and professionals.

The CSPF are the professionals who will supervise and guide the swim and keep a watchful eye when he’s swimming. They will provide an official observer to ensure the swim is completed as per the strict English Channel Rules.

Malcolm will have a support crew made up of his loyal friends, They’ll provide him with liquid food and lots of chocolate along the way!! A lot of energy is required to do the swim. But he’s not allowed to touch the accompanying boat at any point in his journey. The swim has to be completed in nothing more than swimming trunks – no wetsuits allowed here!

As Captain Mathew Webb, the first person to swim the Channel in 1875, once said: ‘Nothing Great is Easy’.

Thalie Martini, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer UK thanked Malcom for his determination :  “We are both delighted and honoured to be Malcolm’s chosen charity. It takes an enormous amount of physical and mental fitness to undertake such a task and we’ll be supporting him at every stroke of his journey.”

Malcolm will be aiming to undertake his solo channel journey between the 24th and 28th of August. You can contribute to his just giving page.

 


Related Articles

10 August 2020

Jacob’s 100 mile cycle for breast cancer

Jacob Hewson is today putting his heels to the test in a gruelling 100 mile cycle for Breast Cancer UK. Help him smash his £1k sponsor target and contribute to...

Read full story

5 August 2020

Our future at Breast Cancer UK

A year ago, Breast Cancer UK had so much to celebrate. We were a growing charity at the top of our game and had just hired some key staff to...

Read full story

29 April 2020

Breast Cancer UK Emergency Appeal

to save our breast cancer research. Breast Cancer UK has launched an Emergency Appeal to counteract the negative consequences caused by Coronavirus. Like many other voluntary organisations,  the charity has suffered a devastating financial drop in its income (by around...

Read full story

27 March 2020

Is our exposure to BPA higher than we thought?

Researchers in the US have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans. Their results suggest that our exposure is much higher than was previously...

Read full story

A donation of just £10 can help us reach out to new mums with educational information and guidance on how they can protect the future health of their children.

Donate £10

A donation of £25 can help provide a Breast Cancer Prevention kit to help our Ambassadors deliver talks, providing healthy lifestyle advice and practical tips that can help people reduce their risk of breast cancer.

Donate £25

Your donation of £100 can help train one of our PhD students, who work on vital research which aims to understand the causes of breast cancer and identify risk factors.

Donate £100

Just want to help in some way? donate an amount that feels right for you

Start Your Donation

Donate Now

Make a Donation

Share:

My One Time Donation

I want to make a one time donation of

Thank you. You’re just a few steps away from completing your donation.

+25% with Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme at no extra cost to you.

This means that your donation of £100.00 could be worth an extra £25.00 to us, and it doesn't cost you a penny!

My Monthly Donation

I want to make a monthly donation of

Thank you. You’re just a few steps away from completing your donation.

+25% with Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your gift can be increased by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme at no extra cost to you.

This means that your donation of £100.00 could be worth an extra £25.00 to us, and it doesn't cost you a penny!

One Time Donation Monthly Donation
Make a donation with Gift Aid

Gift Aid is reclaimed by the Breast Cancer UK from the tax that I pay for the current tax year. If I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations, it is my responsibility to pay any difference. Breast Cancer UK will reclaim 25p in tax back for every £1 I donate.

Your payment details

Donation Allocation (Optional)

Additional Comments (Optional)

Stay in Touch

We’d love to keep you posted on how your support can make a difference to Breast Cancer UK and the exciting ways you can support us in the future.

Please tick if you’re happy to receive information from us by:

By completing an online donation, your data will be handled in accordance with the Breast Cancer UK’s privacy policy, and the privacy policy of our payment processing supplier BBMS (a Blackbaud company).

Thank You Wall

If you donate over £50, as a way of saying thank you for your donation, we would like to feature your donation on our virtual thank you wall on our website.

Donations will only feature on the wall for up to two months depending on the level of donations we receive.

You must fill out all required fields before paying.

Processing...

Need help making your donation?

If you need help to make a donation or have any questions about making one, please contact us…

Call 08456801322