After deciding to complete a marathon swim in the ice-cold waters of an unheated outdoor London Swimming Pool in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK, we caught up with Hamish Blair to find out how he got on with his epic undertaking.

Brockwell Park Lido

The Challenge

Commencing on the 12th of November Hamish swam an incredible 467 laps in total bringing his distance to 24.1 kilometres after 6 days of gruelling swimming. Swimming up to 2 hours a day, he battled through the breathtakingly cold water of the Olympic-length Brockwell Lido with the help of Osprey Action Sports’ “limb-saving wetsuit, hood  and socks.” Despite swimming the equivalent of the English Channel, Hamish was able to complete this swim on a day that meant so much to him and the cause he was swimming for - International Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

Watch this video made by MyDonate where you can find out more about Hamish’s challenge.


Hamish’s Fundraising Achievement

To everyone who donated and supported him, Hamish said “your support spurred me on and, more importantly, will make a huge difference to those living with Pancreatic Cancer.” With the mission of raising awareness and money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, he exceeded his initial target of £5,000. Currently the donations stand at over £7,500 which with gift aid is so very close to £10,000.

 Hamish completes swim


How will the money help and where to donate

To give you an idea of what the donations made to Hamish’s Swim for Life will achieve:

  1. £5,000 – will fund the entire online support operation of Pancreatic Cancer UK for one year. This is a secure space online where people affected by pancreatic cancer can share experiences, stories and support one another. Used by thousands of people every year, it provides strength and a sense of community to those suffering with this life-limiting disease.
  2. £10,000 – would fund a grant from the Future Leaders Fund which supports research leaders of the future, backing those people who may be able to develop a diagnosis tool or cure for this deadly disease.

Open until the end of December, you can still donate to Pancreatic Cancer UK. Simply visit Hamish’s Swim for Life Donation Page, where you can help support and find out more about Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Donate to Pancreatic Cancer UK

Here at Osprey Action Sports we want to say a massive congratulations to Hamish for the money and awareness he has achieved for such a worthy cause. Donate here.