AN EPIC swim across the English Channel has helped raised funds for a new hall in Sonning.
Stuart Bowman set off from England at 4.25am on Tuesday, August 5 and took an impressive 15 hours and 24 minutes to land at Cap Blanc Nez in France. The swim is an amazing 21 miles and the first time that the father of one has attempted it.
Stuart is raising money for a new £500,000 hall at St Andrew’s Church, Sonning. The hall will provide much-needed extra space for the community.
It’s something that Stuart (pictured inset) sees as being a valuable asset and he is looking forward to his two-year-old son being able to make use of it.
Stuart said: “There is a saying used among those who have successfully swum the English Channel – it is a simple task, you get in the water and just keep putting one arm in front of the other until you run out of water. Hopefully Sonning will keep putting one arm in front of the other until the new hall is built.”
The vicar of Sonning parish, the Revd Jamie Taylor, said: “This is an amazing achievement and we thank Stuart for his efforts in raising money for the new hall appeal. We have been astounded at the level of training, dedication and commitment that he has shown to be in a position to attempt the channel swim for the new hall and can’t thank him enough for the money that he will raise.
“Stuart is making a real difference to the community.”
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For more on the hall plans, log on to sonningparish.org.uk.