Charity swimmer Kevin Blick aborted his across-the-Channel-and-back-again bid this week - but he’s still raised more than £5,000 for Bute charity Calum’s Cabin.
Illness forced Kevin to bring an early end to his swim after 17 hours and 40 minutes, but at the time of writing he had still received online pledges totalling £5,750.40.
Kevin, who set out from Dover at 7am on Tuesday, said in an email to family and friends: “On Wednesday morning at 12.40am I crawled up the beach in the dark to reach France, totally exhausted.
“As usual, nothing in the Channel goes to plan, whether it’s the wind, waves, tide or yourself, all plans normally go out the window early on. In this case, I could certainly not complain about the conditions, which appeared relatively calm.
“However, the changing direction of the wind had bought two wave patterns together in a gentle washing machine style, which unfortunately made me seriously sea sick after only four hours (I was aware of the possibility).
“I pressed on feeling weak after being ill, hoping I would recover and get my strength back. However, I never recovered and remained weak and increasingly ill. After 12 hours still feeling rough, I realised my dream of a two-way was not going to happen.
“After 14 hours, having missed the Cap, which resulted in an extra two hours’ swimming, I realised that to even get to France was going to take all my mental strength.
“After further bouts of illness I eventually crawled onto the French beach, some six hours later than I had hoped for.
“Whilst there is obviously some disappointment, I am still very happy that I found the strength to carry on and get to France, my third crossing in two years. Whilst I am tempted to get back in and finish the job, this time my biggest challenge is to stay out the Channel and look for new challenges.
“Apologies for the Twitter feed not working due to phone problems, which concerned some people. Thank you so much for everyone’s words of support and donations.”