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Australians taken across the English Channel


London - England: Englishman Jonathan Bramley is spearheading an attempt to cross the English Channel with a group of Australians living in London on 17 August 2010 (subject to tides) to help raise funds for their friend.

The relay swim team consists of Jonathan Bramley, Luke Dillon, Jason Robinson, Rob Buckley and Marty Walsh.

The team will embark on the 21mile (34km) journey at dawn. Their aim is to raise much needed funds for a great friend in need.

Jonathan comments; “Official English Channel crossing rules do not permit the use of protective shark cages or wetsuits, so only bright lime green Speedo’s entitled ‘Budgie Smugglers’ will be worn in the strong currents and chilling 16 degree sea.”

To see team photos please visit the link below:

During the months of training in freezing cold English waters people have often asked the reason behind the swim.

In November 2008, Australian James Gribble had a freak accident whilst travelling in Africa. It resulted in severe spinal damage, leaving James a quadriplegic. To read about James’ inspirational story visit his website:

The Puffin Magic Foundation (PMF) was founded with the goal of supporting James throughout his rehabilitation.

The PMF requests your support in the form of a donation which will assist in James’ rehabilitation by funding the therapies, equipment and associated support services that will give him the best chance of recovery.

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