A hearty team of swimmers is set to cross the Channel in September to raise money for a charity which helps bomb disposal and search workers and their families.
The challenge will involve the team swimming the 21 miles from Dover to France in temperatures of between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius in what will be spring tide with the currents at their strongest.
And for one swimmer it will be even tougher – Kevin Proctor from Gloucester is taking on the swim alone in aid of Felix Fund while the relay team will feature six swimmers including Captain James Wadsworth from Didcot and Lucas Tompkins from Stroud, who is only 15 years old.
Capt Wadsworth has been in the Army since 1995, was part of the Explosive Ordnance Display (EOD) unit, has served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland and in 2008 was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.
He has organised numerous fundraising events for the Felix Fund including what is the now annual event the Zone3 Victory Swim the Lake which takes place in Cirencester just before the Channel swim.
Teenager Lucas is proving to be something of a champion having already picked up several medals in short course, long and open water swims.
The team hopes to raise £50,000 for the Felix Fund which provides welfare support and financial assistance to serving personnel, veterans and their dependents in the military and the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Unit who have conducted or assisted with EOD and search duties.