Thursday, 4 September 2008
Travelling to Bestival is all part of the experience, feeling the excitement build as the Isle of Wight draws ever closer, gliding across the Solent on the ferry, it's the beginning of an adventure. For Chew The Fat's main man, Paul 'Trouble' Arnold, the excitement on the ferry clearly wasn't quite enough, so he, along with twelve fellow intrepid/crazy adventurers, has decided to swim 3-½ miles across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, brimming with sea-creatures and heavens know what else, all to get to the festival.
Of course, mere thrills aren't the only reason for swimming the Solent; Paul is raising money for three separate charities: Imibala, a small but worthy organisation created to assist underprivileged children to access an education in South Africa, Gosport's branch of the Chernobyl Children's Life Line, and Island Youth Water Activities Centre (IOW) Ltd, a local voluntary organisation run for the benefit of all young people on the Isle of Wight.
The swimmers will be in the water for between 2 and 5 hours, coaxed along the way by Bestival compare and Cuban Brother Miguel Mantovani from the safety of his speed boat before arriving at Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight ready for three unbelievable days of partying.
What makes this act of bravery and generosity even more unbelievable is the fact that Paul is currently in remission after being diagnosed with Leukaemia last November, so please show your support by heading over to http://www.dropcash.com/campaign/PaulArnold/paul_is_swimming_to_bestival/
and donating. Whether you can afford £10 or 10p every bit extra helps and is very much appreciated.