Gareth Icke was not a good swimmer, but he decided that he would swim across the Solent between the Isle of Wight and England to raise money for Lewis Mighty, a little boy who badly needs treatment that is only available at great financial cost.
Gareth has amazingly overcome challenges with his own body since he was a child. He was told that he would never play sport, yet became the England beach soccer goalkeeper, plays football every week and now has swum across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with all its fierce and dangerous tides and currents.
He has already walked across the Isle of Wight from tip to tip to raise money for Lewis, and my daughter, Kerry, is in training to ride some 60 miles around the Island to do the same.
Gareth worked incredibly hard to prepare for the swim, working up to 90 lengths of the swimming pool wearing clothes that caused drag, and he took to the water on a day of extremely strong currents and high winds that made it very difficult for him to get across and forced him to swim many times the straight-line distance. He was simply incredible. We are all so proud of you, mate.
This is what happened: music and words by Gaz …
Please help to make Gareth’s monumental efforts worthwhile if you can – nothing is too small – and you will be helping to change a little boy’s life. After years of fundraising, his family can now see the target in sight.