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Calling All Swimmers

On 16 June I wrote about a journey back to New Zealand to support my dad who was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The brilliant news is following surgery he has been given the all clear. Only yesterday on the front page of the Daily Telegraph I noted an article on the dramatic increase of reported cancer in the UK. Part of this is actually good news as a proportion of the increase is attributed to better screening and earlier detection, unfortunately that does not account for all of the increase in cancer rates.

Exercise and healthy living have always been and will continue to be one of our greatest weapons in the fight against cancer. Those of you who know me and read my blogs know how passionate I am about swimming as a form of exercise. Exercise and continued cancer research are two of the most powerful tools in the fight against cancer.

This coming September a committed group of celebrities and swimmers lead by the ever adventurous Richard Branson are going to attempt a gruelling 56Mile relay swim across the Irish Sea. This is one of the toughest open water crossings in the world, only a select few have ever been successful. The team  will face sharks, cold water, sleep deprivation, currents and their own self-doubts as they challenge themselves in order to raise money for cancer research in the UK.

It is a crazy, tough and admirable event, worthy of you support. There are plenty of ways you can get on board with this event, to find out more check out




Let us get stuck into swimming and beating cancer this summer – join TheSwim team on their journey! Dan

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