Hello, and thank you for visiting the Team Brophy website! On September 1st Ben Brophy successful swam the English Channel in 14hrs 52mins to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, with a target of £10,000.
Any donation towards this cause can really make a difference. To find out more about Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, or any aspect of the challenge, visit the about page, or to donate through JustGiving click here.
Hello everyone and welcome to this special blog where I look back at having just completed my 14 hours and 52 minutes Channel swim. This is the last day of my first month as an official English Channel Swimmer, and my 23rd birthday, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on the swim.
After almost 14 hours of relentless swimming to the French shoreline, the small two-person dingy had sped past like a knife through butter, bouncing from wave to wave, leaving me feeling me feeling like an old post-holiday lilo. It soon cut its engine so I knew I must be close. I vividly remember hearing the somewhat nervous and confused voice on the support boat slowly drifting away. I was left with the thought that I must be finally get close to the beach, and that I was about to become a Channel swimmer.
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"Good luck to Ben and the team. As chairman of fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, I never cease to be amazed by the commitment and enterprise of supporters new and old."
"Donated in honour of Colin's 80th birthday. Jive on! Sorry we can't be with you tonight."
"You kept this a secret! best of luck with your amazing challenge & for a great cause!"
"I started following just to see who was sharing my name. Now I am thrilled to support your effort. I am proud to be the other Ben Brophy."
"What a challenge! Good Luck Ben"
"Donations from Coxwold Open Gardens visitors. Lots of good wishes sent to Ben as he prepares."
"Ben! Best of luck man - you'll do great and I'm mega jealous. It's always something I've wanted to do - just not had the opportunity or means to do so! Give it your all!"
"Hey Ben, We're very proud of you for sure. I would join you in your challenge but I understand that wet suits and armbands aren't permitted. Lots of love and admiration Lorraine xxxx"
"Go Ben! We're willing you on from across the Atlantic."
"Good luck, I think it's amazing what your doing!! Xx"
"Best of luck doing this Ben. Might not have the biggest brain but you have a massive heart and some even bigger balls to do this so fair play to you son."
"All the very best to you. An excellent cause."
"Such an admirable challenge for a very worthy cause. Best wishes and good on you all!"
"Ben, everyone attending the Tea and Scones event wishes you every success this month, and is rooting for you."