Jeremy Irvine, lone Channel swimmer extraordinaire, completed his epic swim on September 19th, 2014, so that children struggling with parental alcohol problems know that they are not alone. Jeremy, a self-confessed ‘non-sporty’ person who likes swimming, sported the first-ever Nacoa swimming hat and, despite fog with visibility down to 100 ft, swam the English Channel – the Everest of open-water swimming. He started at Shakespeare Beach, Dover and reached France in 16 hours 25 minutes. Jeremy, who battled with alcohol himself, chose to swim the Channel because “Children shouldn’t feel lonely and unloved. My chosen charity is Nacoa; among other things it provides a friendly ear and gives confidential support and hope to children of all ages whose lives are, or have been, affected by an alcohol-dependent parent.” Everyone at Nacoa sends love and thanks and an enormous WELL DONE to Jeremy, and thanks to his lovely family for sharing him with Nacoa. Jeremy paid for his pilot Eddie and boat Anastasia (a requirement to help steer swimmers through the world’s busiest shipping lane) himself so all money raised will support the Nacoa Helpline. Please show your support by sponsoring Jeremy on his JustGiving page. So far Jeremy has raised a total of £9,246!
We are really excited that Jez will be speaking at our volunteers’ awards evening in June.