Over £3,500 has been raised for Charity For Kids by a team of six local residents who took on a unique Three Pier endurance challenge last week.
The team, Tony Harris, Sean Collins, Nicky Wood, Chloe Newman, Dan Harlott and Founder Chairman of the local Charity For Kids, Paul Harris, commenced the challenge on Friday August 21.
Leaving Hastings Pier just after 11pm the team began the first part of the challenge with a three hour run, arriving at Eastbourne Pier around 2am. Jumping on bikes the second part of the challenge saw the team cycling to Brighton where they arrived at around 5am. Once there the team’s kit was taken from the support van and placed on the waiting boat for the next phase of the challenge.
Paul said it was a long night but the team were determined to keep going. “At 6am the first swimmer set off against the tide and headed back towards Hastings. On the hour, every hour, each member took turns to take to the water to cover as much distance as possible, “ he said.
“The team could not have wished for better weather during the day, swimming along the Sussex coastline was beautiful, especially going past the seven sisters and around by Beachy Head.”
The team were joined briefly by Garry Cairns of Eastbourne Lifeguards who provided much needed refreshments.
At around 4pm Paul says the challenge became even tougher when the tide changed direction and the wind whipped up. “By the time the sun set and the night drew in we were facing gusts of up to 40mph,” he said.
At 3.15am on Sunday August 23, the Charity for Kids Three Pier Challenge team successfully completed their task.
Paul said there were many people to thank for making the event such a success “Charity for Kids would like to say a very big thank you to Steven Hayward who was the teams support driver! We would also like to thank Hove Dentist Doctor James Hooper, Jenny Hooper and Chris Hooper who were the charity’s support crew on board the boat; without the Hooper family this challenge would not have been able to have taken place!
“We also thank the team who took part. Over the last 10 months they have made sacrifices to make sure they put the training in for this unique endurance challenge, and the families who supported their loved ones who took part in the challenge, without their support it makes a tough event even harder.”
“Thank you to all those who sponsored the team.”
Charity for Kids provides help for local disabled, sick and terminally ill children – and their families.