Registered charity number: 1160989
In a remarkable display of determination and compassion, partner at Fine & Country Chiswick, Harry Middleton embarked on a challenging mission to swim across the English Channel on Sunday 18th June, aiming to raise substantial funds for two charitable organisations close to his heart: Make-A-Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation.
An avid endurance athlete with a history in competitive swimming, Middleton completed the dangerous solo crossing whilst being followed by a boat and spurred on by his training partner and coach Brad Harvey, along with his dad Stewart Middleton, who is yet to miss a swimming event in support of his son.
“During lockdown I started swimming in the lakes prior to pools reopening and fell in love with the sport and knew I wanted to take on one of the hardest swimming challenges in the world. I have competed at a national level achieving several national medals; however, this will definitely be my most challenging fete in my swimming career. Everyone knows the English Channel and it is deemed as one of the busiest straits in the world, but once completed I would be one of a small number of people who have finished the swim. More people have climbed Mount Everest than swam the channel,” says Middleton.
The English Channel is known for its treacherous waters and unpredictable conditions and presents an arduous test for even the most experienced swimmers. With a passion for philanthropy and a desire to make a difference in the lives of others, Middleton has taken up this monumental challenge to support the incredible work done by Make-A-Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation.
Make-A-Wish is a globally recognised organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses, bringing hope, joy, and strength during challenging times. The Fine & Country Foundation, established by premium estate agency Fine & Country, focuses on addressing homelessness and poverty in communities, making a tangible impact on individuals and families in need.
Middleton has set his sights on raising a substantial amount of funds through this awe-inspiring feat. By swimming the treacherous waters of the English Channel, he hopes to generate awareness and inspire generosity among individuals and businesses across the nation.
Commenting on this remarkable endeavour, Middleton expressed his motivation, saying: "I am deeply moved by the tremendous work done by both Make-A-Wish and the Fine & Country Foundation. Their impact on the lives of children and families is immeasurable. By taking on this challenge, I hope to not only raise funds but also inspire others to support these exceptional causes."
Supporters of Middleton's noble cause can contribute to the fundraising campaign through an online donation portal, which will be available on givewheel.com. Every donation, no matter the size, will bring Middleton closer to his goal and contribute directly to fulfilling the wishes of children battling critical illnesses and alleviating homelessness and poverty.
Middleton's remarkable journey across the English Channel is a testament to the power of determination, altruism, and the impact that individuals can make when they strive to create positive change. Taking on a challenge such as this is an inspiration to the community and an invitation for everyone to participate in making dreams come true and building a brighter future for those in need.
Registered charity number: 1160989