Chris Astill-Smith looking across the English channel

Swimming to France for children’s charity

Every single Virgin Money Giving fundraiser is taking on a challenge; from baking cakes to jumping out of planes, from giving up their favourite treats to running marathons. But the event itself is not the only challenge, each and every fundraiser is trying to raise as much money as possible for their chosen charity.

Not your average fundraiser

In June of this year, we introcuded you to Chris Astill-Smith. The ultimate challenge seeker, Chris had already taken a Boris Bike round the world to promote his fundraising and was now preparing to take on his latest escapade; swimming the English channel.

In a perfect example of how quickly time moves, Chris’s swim is now less than two weeks away and the reality of the challenge ahead of him is starting to sink in;

I’m starting to feel the nerves now, the reality has sunk in that I’m going to be swimming to France and there’s no going back!

Not only is Chris trying to get to another country, through water, using only his arms and legs – he’s doing it to try and raise £25,000 for the charity “Dreams Come True” the 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“.

The training is there, it’s all mental from here on in!

Chris has spent seventeen months of “preparation, training and injuries” getting ready for this challenge and as he says, is looking forward to not only having his energy back, but his social life too!

You can donate to Chris’s page by visiting his Virgin Money Giving page and if you want more proof that Chris is the ultimate challenge seeker – check out his 8 mile Torbay swim and remember he’ll be swimming nearly three times that in under two weeks time!