Swim for Life: Pancreatic Most cancers


We caught up with Hamish Blair about his unimaginable fundraising enterprise and what has impressed him to tackle a gruelling 5 day, 24km swim within the icy autumn waters of an unheated outside London swimming pool.

Why did you select to boost consciousness for Pancreatic Most cancers UK?

In 2005 my father James handed away from Pancreatic Most cancers after a brave and hard-fought battle. He had been a match and wholesome man who beloved life and was cruelly taken from us far too early on the age of 56. Pancreatic Most cancers is among the most tough types of most cancers to detect and, as in my Dad’s case, this delay in detection makes the survival statistics much more horrible. Simply 4% of these recognized stay for five years or extra, and this proportion has not improved because the 1970’s. 

My aim is to boost consciousness of Pancreatic Most cancers usually – in my expertise it has the least public profile regardless of (or perhaps due to) its standing of getting the worst survival charges.

Pancreatic Most cancers UK is the charity that I’ve been supporting since 2005. They’re considered one of a number of charities devoted to this type of most cancers and all of them do wonderful work. I selected PCUK as they supply assist and knowledge for these affected, fund analysis into prognosis and therapy, and marketing campaign for change in care, therapy, analysis and consciousness.


What’s the problem you might have determined to tackle?

Many concepts of what I may do have been thought of from the humorous to the farcical. I’ve settled on a standard and intimidating bodily problem of swimming. I must problem myself in addition to having one thing to make folks sit up and take discover. Subsequently I intention to swim 24 kilometres in an unheated London pool – the Brockwell Park Lido in Brixton. By 12th November once I begin the problem the water temperature will likely be beneath 10°, that means I might want to fastidiously monitor my physique temperature as I progress.

 Brockwell Park Lido


Why 24 KMs?

Pancreatic Most cancers UK is specializing in the quantity 24 as that is the quantity of people that move away from the illness each day within the UK. Subsequently I intention to swim 24 kilometres in an unheated London pool – the Brockwell Park Lido in Brixton. For the statisticians amongst you 24 kilometres is sort of the identical distance because the English Channel crossing, and represents 480 laps of an Olympic 50-metre lengthy pool.


When and the place is the problem being undertaken?

As a result of a lot of elements, together with that the pool may be very chilly, I will likely be enterprise this problem over 5 days beginning on 12th November. At 10° (or much less) I can safely swim for 1 hour earlier than risking hypothermia. Mix this with the opening hours for the Brockwell Lido (8am – 1pm) I will likely be swimming for one hour, warming up my physique temperature which might take as much as 2 hours, then swimming one other hour. At my present swimming price I intention to finish 5-6km per day, ending the ultimate lap on 16th November which is World Pancreatic Cancer Day.


The place can folks discover out extra about Pancreatic Most cancers?

There are lots of wonderful charities and sources of data. To search out out extra about Pancreatic Most cancers you may go to one of many following locations: NHS Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund


The place can folks donate and comply with your problem?

You may donate through my Official Swim For Life Donation Page. 100% of the cash donated will go straight to Pancreatic Most cancers UK. Observe me on Twitter to have some stay footage throughout the problem (though 480 laps isn’t probably the most charming of viewing!).  

 Donate to Pancreatic Cancer Charity


Do you intend on any future challenges to boost consciousness?

The response from household, buddies and the general public has been overwhelming and I’m seeking to make as massive a hit of this as attainable. I’ve had the ambition of doing a problem to boost consciousness since my father handed away. This being my first try I wish to see the way it goes earlier than committing to anymore!


How would you encourage different people who find themselves eager to fundraise for a worthy trigger?

Get on the market and do it! If there’s something you’re feeling passionately about and wish to assist then use that drive.

  1. I feel that doing one thing which takes you out of your consolation zone is essential as this reveals your family and friends that you simply’re doing one thing completely different, and can result in nice assist and encouragement.
  2. Get in contact together with your worthy trigger too – they may LOVE to listen to from you and infrequently have nice suggestions, concepts and assist.
  3. And lastly, don’t be afraid of failure. There isn’t any failure – when you elevate £10 then that’s £10 extra that your trigger had earlier than. And when you don’t full your problem – at the very least you tried!


How have Osprey helped you out together with your problem?

Osprey have been very beneficiant with their assist, kindly serving to me out with a 5mm Triathlon Wetsuit, 3mm Wetsuit Hood to maintain my head heat and 3mm Fin Socks to carry again the frostbite. I’ll look a sight however be a lot, a lot hotter!

 Hamish in Osprey wetsuit and accessories

When you’ve been impressed by Hamish’s upcoming 24km swimming problem, don’t forget to donate. All cash goes straight to serving to fund Pancreatic Most cancers UK.


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