Although there’s only just over a week to go before aspiring
Channel swimmers descend on Dover for the first training weekend of
the new season, the cold water is still not very inviting.
So when staff of the Kittiwake pub at Whitfield decided to
swim the equivalent of the Channel distance to raise money for
charity, they opted for the warmer water of the pool at Dover
Pub manager Gary Spratt and his team made an early start in
the pool on Tuesday morning to start the first of the 1,378 lengths
needed to reach their target.
They were expecting it would take them until 6pm that night
but they managed to do it in just over four hours, finishing at
They were raising money for Home-Start. “It’s a local charity
and we are a community pub so we wanted to give something back to
the community,” said Mr Spratt. They expect to raise £200.
Spurred on by their success, they are now considering a cycle
ride, covering the distance of John o’Groats to Lands End, on