Wightlink Chief Executive Keith Greenfield says he was delighted and relieved to step on to Ryde beach after swimming more than five kilometres across the Solent for charity.
Keith and his daughter Jo Hudson took part in ‘Swim the Solent’ to help raise money for people living with motor neurone disease (MND) and research into the condition. It took two and a half hours of swimming and over 4,000 arm strokes for each of them to get across from Gosport.
Their JustGiving page has now notched up £2,423 for Ian Pratt’s MND Foundation.
Clad in wetsuits, Keith and Jo were accompanied by buddies in kayaks to support and motivate them, alongside 10 other swimmers also raising funds for MND.
“I’m an enthusiast for open water swimming and have been training hard this summer, but this tested me to the limit. Thankfully the conditions were good, although the tide made it harder. I’m pleased to play my part to help those with MND, through this swim,” says Keith.
Ian Pratt set up his MND Foundation after he was diagnosed with the condition in 2012. It increases awareness of MND, supports people with the disease and aids research into its causes. Since 2013, the annual swim has raised more than £200,000 for the charity.