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Cross-channel swimmer following in David Walliams' footsteps in memory of mum
A former Kingston student who beat cancer aged 13 is getting ready for his latest and most gruelling fundraising challenge yet.
Tudor Morris, 21, will swim the Channel on Sunday, September 29, with the aim of raising £15,000 for Kingston-based children’s cancer charity Momentum.
The former Kingston Grammar School student, whose family owns the Tudor Williams department store in New Malden, had just entered his teens when he was diagnosed with stage three non-hodgkins lymphoma, and had already lost his mother Susan to cancer when he was six.
Since beating the disease, he has undertaken several challenges in aid of Momentum, including cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats, raising more than £11,000.
Comedian David Walliams made the channel crossing in 10 hours and 34 minutes for Comic Relief in 2006 swimming through shoals of jellyfish, and coping with water temperatures as low as 15C.
Mr Morris, who turns 22 the day before he sets off from Dover, said: “I just think it is one of those elemental challenges that’s up there with climbing Everest – it’s that kind of achievement.
“Momentum was only just starting up when I was in care. They were quite a small charity but they’re much bigger now and do a lot for so many people.”
Mr Morris has been training at Hampton open air pool, which has given him permission to use the facility free of charge.
He said he was “quietly apprehensive” about the 21-mile swim from Dover to Calais.
He said: “There are so many variables, it’s not just getting in the water and swimming 21 miles.
“There’s tides and temperatures, but I’ve done the training and unless something serious goes wrong, which it can, then I should be fine.”
To sponsor Tudor Morris, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/tudorchannelswim
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