Back in March, we reported that Kevin Blick – who has family on Bute – would be swimming the English Channel in aid of Calum’s Cabin, after seeing for himself the good work that the charity does in supporting children and families in need of respite.
At the time, Kevin was planning on making the crossing between September 7-14. However, he notified us this morning that he will be swimming the 21 miles of hostile sea tonight!
“[The conditions] are far from perfect with a possibility of some bad weather blowing up and a strong tide, but the devil in me likes a tougher challenge, so I will be heading out unless my pilot cancels,” Kevin told us.
Kevin himself is under no illusions as to how treacherous this challenge can be, as he made mention of the channel swimmer Paraic Casey, 45, from Co Cork, Ireland.
According to Kevin’s Just Giving page (http://www.justgiving.com/Kevin-Blick/) this morning, he has raised the astounding sum of £7,975 for Calum’s Cabin, who, he told us, ‘have been overwhelmed by the response so far’.
Kevin and his team – pilot Chris Osmond, his wife, school-friends Marcus and Jim, soon-to-be fellow Channel swimmer Rob, as well as a co-pilot and official observer – will leave Dover harbour at 2am in the morning to head for Samphire.
From this point, the swim will start at 2.30am and will take anywhere from 14-28 hours to complete. Even then, the rate of completion is very low at 10 per cent. You will, however, be able to track Kevin’s progress by visiting http://www.shipais.com/shiptrail.php?mmsi=235038015, or through Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Blickschannel .
There’s also still plenty of time to donate to this worthy cause and help Kevin reach his target of £10,000 – just go to www.justgiving.com/Kevin-Blick .