Harry Richardson, aged 11 from Billingshurst, decided to set himself an endurance challenge to complete over the School holiday’s to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The challenge was to swim 15,000m which equates to swimming the height of Mont Blanc (4,808m) and Mount Everest (8,849m) or, half the length of the River Adur or, 46 times the height of the Eiffel Tower in relative terms.

The challenge was not so much about the distance but more about the commitment, discipline and drive to complete metres on an ongoing basis, almost every day, even when it was not the ultimate time or most desired! With a busy holiday schedule with all the typical holiday activities this was not an easy task!

For example, when a day of sports camp started at 9am he had to make sure he was in the water by 7am to log the necessary lengths. When he was away with Granny so that his parents could focus on work, he had to find a local pool to keep swimming. While he was away camping for a two week family holiday he completed open water swims in the sea (in some strong currents) to make sure he kept on target.

He chose the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity because, like many other families, cancer is close to their hearts and the Royal Marsden were pivotal in treating his Grandfather who he never got to meet. Other family members have also suffered with cancer.

He is now back to school and working really hard to exceed the target distance by some way.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harry-richardson9.