Chris Astill is swimming the channel

Charity challenges and borrowing bikes

Around 20 August 2017, Chris Astill-Smith will be jumping into the water in England and not getting out again until he reaches France as he takes on the mammoth challenge of swimming the English channel.

Doing good goes global

Chris isn’t your average fundraiser. Understanding the importance of “getting your fundraising out there”, he decided that going small just wasn’t his style. So he “borrowed” a Santander Bike and took it round the world! This not only got tongues wagging, it also resulted in some national press coverage.

Now it’s time for the big swim which, as Chris points out, is such a big challenge that it’s reasonably rarely undertaken;

Did you know there’s more people who’ve climbed Mount Everest than swam the channel solo?”

This time around, Chris decided that video was again the way to go to boost his fundraising and so made this fantastic film to tell the world a little bit more about his challenge, why it’s important and what he hopes to achieve.

Dreams Come True

Chris is taking on this challenge to raise £25,000 for the charity “Dreams Come True“. Dreams Come True is a UK children’s charity whose mission is “to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true“. Over the last 25 years, they have fulfilled dreams for more than 5,000 children and young people as well as their friends, family and carers. To see Chris’s fundraising in action, read about some of the dreams this amazing charity made come true.

The fundraising

Clearly Chris isn’t happy to simply sit back and let the donations trickle in. He is an active and inspiring fundraiser who is pushing the both the fundraising challenge as well as the physical one. When we asked about his fundraising, Chris said;

So far most of my fundraising has been online. I plan to do an offline fundraising event after the swim to raise whatever’s left when all my times not taken up by training. I chose to use Virgin Money Giving rather than other platforms because more of the money goes towards the charity”

We plan to keep you up to date with Chris’s challenge as we get closer to the big day. You can help him reach his fundraising target by donating to his Virgin Money Giving page.