Ipes employee Richard March has set himself the ultimate challenge of swimming to Herm to raise money for the Guernsey branch of Parkinson's UK.
The swim which is three point one miles in length should take somewhere between one and a half to two hours to complete. It will begin in the North of the Island at Bordeaux Harbour or Longue Hougue depending on the tide, finishing at Herm Harbour.
The challenge is particularly difficult for Richard as he has never really been a swimmer previous to training and doesn’t like seaweed.
Richard says, “I was really keen to take on a challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s UK as my Dad suffers from the condition and I can see first hand the fantastic work the charity does.”
“I’m also looking forward to completing a personal goal as swimming to Herm is always something I have wanted to do.” Richard concludes.
Richard will be accompanied by a support boat and manned kayaks however the exact date of the challenge depends on the weather and sea conditions. Several weekends in August have been earmarked and the first suitable one will be chosen.
Parkinson’s UK funds research into finding better treatments and ways to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's. According to the charity one person in every 500 has Parkinson’s which amount to approximately 127,000 in the UK according to the charity.
As Richard’s employer Ipes is supporting Richard in his quest and will be holding a charity day at its St Peter Port offices to help with Richard’s fundraising and help raise awareness of this challenge.