Five swimmers from Bishop Fleming, known as the ‘Fish at Fleming’, are waiting anxiously for a break in the weather so that they can begin their incredible relay swim across the English Channel from Dover to Calais. They were scheduled to swim on Monday, but strong winds in the channel mean that the skipper of their safety boat, the Viking Princess, has warned them that they may be waiting several days. “It’s really frustrating” says Richard Willimott, who is a manager in the Exeter office. “Our bags were packed at the weekend and we felt ready and raring to go but we just have to wait out this weather. We set ourselves a huge fundraising target, which we are well on the way to meeting, raising money for two great charities – Prostate Cancer UK and Level Water, who provide free swimming lessons for children across the region who have disabilities.”
Some of the ‘Fish’ will be at the Exeter Chamber lunch on the 19th September.