On 31st May 2018 West Wickham Underwater Hockey Club embarked on our biggest charity event yet, to collectively swim the distance of the English Channel and back underwater (66,600m), wearing standard UWH equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) whilst holding our breath, all within just 1 hour. This was to support one of our founding members, Paul Cook who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
We were delighted to raise £20,380 for MNDA, and swam the distance of the English channel not twice, but three times.
Paul started his UWH playing career at West Wickham in 1974 aged just 14, he captained our Elite team for 17 years, winning the National Championship 3 times and the European Club championship once, he represented Great Britain at 5 World Championships winning 2 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. It was great to see Paul at our Christmas session, and as anybody that knows Paul, he couldn’t just watch, he was encouraging his two children Beth & Harry and even got involved in the match and scored.
We're raising money for some pioneering Stem Cell treatment for Paul and for future research and support provided by the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).