Charity team target Channel swim and cycle endurance
4:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in Latest News
A couple are going their separate ways to swim in a relay across the Channel and cycle from Cirencester to Paris in a bid to raise hundreds of pounds for good causes.
Andy and Becky Pointer, of Gastons Road, are well known for their ambitious charity projects and this summer’s plans are no exception.
Mr Pointer has already raised more than £1,500 with his pledge to swim in a relay across the Channel this week, when he and three team members will swim for 16 hours.
“Ever since I was a little boy I wanted to swim the Channel and the best way to start that is with a relay,” said the father-of-five.
“I always just thought you could just go and do it, but you can’t; there’s cold water tests and various things you have to plan for.
“You have to swim with the currents and take the course the pilots insist you take and, of course, there are tankers and jellyfish.”
Mr Pointer, who is training to be a swimming coach with the Malmesbury Marlins, has been training hard and swum the Solent last year.
Money raised from the challenge is to be split between the Aspire cancer charity and Diabetes UK Mr Pointer said: “ This was always more about the challenge than the charity, but you can’t take on something like this without coming to know about diabetes.
“There I am swigging Lucozade after a swim while there are others there watching what they eat and injecting themselves.
“I am a 45-year-old portly guy, whose eating habits aren’t that great, and whose exercise, before taking up swimming, was lifting a beer can, so it does make you think when you hear about the Diabetes UK campaign.”
Mrs Pointer is also busy training to cycle 240 miles from Cirencester to Paris in four days in aid of Bliss, a charity for babies born prematurely.
Her husband, said: “It’s very brave what she is taking on. She is cycling four 60-mile days at the end of September.
“She turned 40 this year and that has been something of a catalyst.”
Sherston Post Office owners Paul and Gail Mather have supported the Pointers throughout their fundraising appeal.
Mr Mather said: “They do the hard work but we try to promote them in the post office.”
To donate, visit www.justgiving. com/AndyPointerSwims and www. justgiving.com/Rebecca-Pointer
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