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Warwick Channel swimmer makes splash for charity

Leamington Editorial 30th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A SWIMMER from Warwick man has made a splash in the English Channel for charity.

Josh Harradine joined a team of six swimmers from the University of Nottingham in a return relay swim across the channel.

The 21-year-old and his team mates were inspired to raise £20,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust after a friend’s 14-year-old brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

The team completed the swim, from Dover Harbour to Cap Gris Nez in Northern France, in 24 hours, taking hour-long turns in the water.

Josh, a former Warwick School pupil and now a third year medical student said: “It was an exhausting experience. We were facing waves which were two meters high and almost all of us who were on the support boat were suffering with sea sickness.

“I swam the English Channel before in 2012 when I was at Warwick School and remember saying then I would never do it again!

“I learnt from that how important it is to force yourself to sleep when you’re not in the water though and I think that helped me this time round.

Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Notts2waychannelswim to sponsor Josh and the team.