An Ex Chesterfield pupil Tom Pritchard (2010-2017) has set himself the challenge of swimming the English Chanel. Tom who studied Btec sport in the 6th form has always been a keen swimmer but this challenge he something Tom has decided to do to help children suffering with cancer.

Tom says of the challenge

My name is Tom Pritchard and I am 19 years old. I will be attempting to swim the grueling 21 miles across the English Channel in mid-June 2019. The training has been tough but I am delighted to say that 2 weeks ago I achieved the qualifying standard and so come June 21st I am ready to go.

With an average crossing time of 15 hours it’s going to be a challenge to say the least but this pales into insignificance when I compare it to the daily challenges faced by the many families dealing with children with cancer.

I am doing this to help raise as much money as possible for CHICS charity. CHICS is a children’s cancer charity based out of Liverpool that provides support to the families and the children dealing with a cancer diagnosis. With parents having to leave work and support their loved one’s life can be very tough and they can sometimes slip into financial difficulties. The charity provides days out, weekends away, toys, meet and greets and even things like food shopping for the families.

My brother attends Chesterfield high school with a young boy call Cassius. He is only 12 years old and has already been diagnosed with leukemia 3 times in his short life. He is currently waiting for pioneering new treatment to help cure his condition.

Cassius doesn’t complain he gets on with it, in what can only be described as very trying circumstances. He doesn’t have a lot but he makes the most of everything he has and is an inspiration to all around him every day. Any support we could help give Cassius and his family and other children like him will make an enormous impact.

I wanted to take on a challenge that is rarely attempted never mind completed. Did you know that more people have stood on top of Mount Everest than swum across the channel!!! 21 miles in cold water with swarms of jelly fish and huge tankers passing by is what I’ve decided to do. I’m mad but I’m not totally stupid and I’m a strong and keen swimmer. However, this has required hundreds of hours training in and out of water including swimming in temperatures below 16 degrees in lakes, seas and docks which definitely make the challenge a whole lot harder. I’m now excited but apprehensive to what lies ahead!!!

My asks of you…

I’ve set myself a target of raising £20,000 and I know what kind of a difference £20,000 will make to this charity. So how can you help?

Firstly, please share my story and Just Giving page on your social media feeds. I want to reach as many people as possible with my story

 If you are an individual, then please dig deep. Any donation no matter how big or small will go some way to making a difference.

If you are a business, then please consider sponsoring me. I’m a local Liverpool lad doing this for a local Liverpool charity. Any sponsorship will make such a big difference.


There’s more madness to come….

If I am successful in this swim it is my aim to become one of very few people to swim, there and back in ONE SINGLE GO. This is a challenge very few people have ever even considered never mind completed but I’m good to give it a go.

So please, please dig deep and donate what you can to a truly amazing charity. I will do my best to complete my end of the deal and if everyone works together it can make a massive difference to CHICS.

Thank you!

Tom Pritchard