Rob Palmer is someone who has certainly made a splash with his fundraising efforts!
“Almost two years ago I found the first bald patch on the back of my head. At first I thought it was a bad haircut, but it slowly spread and I was diagnosed with alopecia.
It’s taken me a while to get used to it. Now I view my alopecia as something that I have no control over; my body’s own unique form of artwork.
Alopecia UK provides crucial support and advice to those with alopecia and I wanted to give something back to them by way of fundraising but what to do……
Swimming gives me lots of joy and I discovered an event called the Bantham Swoosh, now in its 3rd year. It’s a 6km swim in a sandy bottomed estuary in Devon. One of the things that makes it special is the fact the estuary is both shallow and sandy bottomed so the water is clear rather than muddy, giving swimmers a view of the sandy bed most of the way.
The swim includes a ‘swoosh’ as the ebbing tide is funnelled through a narrow section of river, speeding you along over the riverbed at up to four times your usual swimming speed!
Before the event I was looking forward to the challenge but also slightly terrified of swimming for almost 2 hours in a water temperature of 12 degrees! On the day, I got up at 4am to begin my swim. It was drizzly to start and the surrounding hills were wreathed in mist. The wind meant that parts of the swim were pretty choppy but it was beautiful watching the sandy bottom drift by. And then I swooshed! Just before the end, the tide picked me up and finally deposited me on the sandy beach to be welcomed by cheering crowds. It took me 1 hour 40 minutes; not bad for a beginner!
Thanks to everyone who has supported me on this and in particular to Flo who persuaded me to do this slightly mad thing!”
Thanks so much to Rob! It certainly sounds like a pretty exciting way to raise funds for Alopecia UK. If you would like to add a pound or two to Rob’s Justgiving page, you can do so here.