Hope this blog helps raise a few quid for some families who need it urgently. The parents at Families Against Neuroblastoma, battling UK’s biggest childhood cancer killer.

To raise some funds & see if s**t really does float, I’m swimming to Bestival Festival on the Isle of Wight in September, 4 miles across the Solent.

"-And you're SWIMMING there?"

Yes there are easier ways to get into Bestival for free, but pretending to be a David Baddiel who’s let himself go a bit, won’t make for an interesting blog.

I’ve got just 12 weeks to go from exercise-phobic to fit enough not to get lost at sea and ruin Bestival for everyone. So this blog should have an added element of suspense and danger! And if the worse happens, it should be easy to cut and paste some of this into an obituary, I guess.

Don’t know much about outdoor swimming, but this is what it says about the Solent on Wikipedia: “The Solent is a strait separating the Isle of Wight from mainland England. It is a major shipping route for passengers, freight and military vessels.(maybe not backstroke, then) It has an unusual double tide that is a hazard with its strong tidal movements and quickly changing sea states. (oh, great)
Coupled with the above, the Solent is renowned for its large volume of vessel usage, resulting in one of the highest density of lifeboat stations in the world. (um guess that’s reassuring) ”

(follow my progress: https://fatboyswim.wordpress.com/ )

And this is what I know about FAN http://www.familiesagainstneuroblastoma.org/ Neuroblastoma kills more kids in the UK than any other disease. It can be treatable. Donations will help save children’s lives & as I write this, there’s many urgent appeals. FAN help families get urgent treatment often abroad & expensive & campaign to get it here for everyone on the NHS. It’s a race against time for many families who turn to FAN, so please sponsor my ferry-dodging doggy-paddle, any donation will really help: http://www.bmycharity.com/swim2bestival4FAN

FAN is run by ordinary parents who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help these kids. I’ve been touched by their enthusiasm ever since I first spoke to Linza who started it up.
Linza told how her son Max was a very handsome, cheeky, loving little boy. At just 5 months old, Linza’s son Max was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. No one in the UK could help, so his family launched an appeal to raise the sums needed to take him to America. Max held on but was declared unfit to fly, and just hours later, as if he knew, he quietly slipped away in his dad’s arms. It is Linza’s reaction to her loss that humbled me. Through FAN, she and parents like her do their utmost every day to fight to give children like Max a chance to survive. So please help them save young lives: http://www.bmycharity.com/swim2bestival4FAN


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