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Total raised so far


£2,315.00 of £2,300 target +£299.62 Gift Aid See breakdown

Recent donations

1 year ago



From frankie x

1 year ago

Tony Gibbings


+ £3.12 Gift Aid

In lieu of sending Christmas Cards to family and friends, this Donation will go towards my Swim Challenge total, which takes me over my 100% Fundraising Target. Thank you to all who have donated throughout 2022, to these two very worthy Charities.

1 year ago



Donation received from the Staff, Customers and Swim School Children and Parents at Bircotes Leisure Centre, 50% proceeds of the Christmas Hamper Raffle. Thank you to everyone who brought tickets and well done to the Winners of the Hampers.

1 year ago

Nicola Oxlade


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Very proud, good man

1 year ago



Donation received from Mike & Liz Birch, fellow swimmers at Bircotes Leisure Centre. Mike & Liz have supported me throughout this year, by sponsoring me per Channel completed. Thank you so much to you both.

1 year ago

Lee Willitts


1 year ago



+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement Tony

1 year ago

Jane Marsden


A wonderful charity, good luck I know you'll smash it 😊

1 year ago



+ £2.50 Gift Aid

1 year ago



+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Big Tone's 12 Channel Swims in 12 months Challenge

Event dates: 1st January 2022 – 31st December 2022

Tony Gibbings is raising money for Motor Neurone Disease Association and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

My story

During 2022, I will be attempting an epic swimming challenge.
I will attempt to swim the equivalent of a Channel Swim (21 miles) - every month in 2022 - a total of 252 miles over the course of the year.
My fundraising will be split equally between the Motor Neurone Disease Association & Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Thank you for checking out my page. Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They'll take your donation and pass it onto Motor Neurone Disease Association and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

My updates

1 year ago

*** Challenge Completed****
So after just under 12 months, I have completed my equivalent '12 Channel Swims - swimming one channel per month, during 2022 - a total of 252 miles or over 20,000 x 20 metre lengths.

It has been challenging at times and yesterday's swim seemed to be never ending, but glad to have finished now.

I also reached my £2000 target yesterday, which I am very pleased about. My Fundraising page will remain open until the end of January 2023, for anyone wishing to add to my total

Thank you to my work BPL Bircotes Leisure Centre, who are donating 50% of their Christmas Hamper Raffle profits to my Fundraising efforts - special mention and thanks to Julie Nugent, who has pushed the raffle sales and taken offline payments for me.

Those that know me, know of my support for Torquay United, I belong to a Torquay United Supporters group on Twitter called the ' Tom Lapslie Appreciation Society ' aka ' TLAS' thanks to them for their support and donating towards my swim along with individual members of the group,pushing my total up by over £200 - thanks especially to Matt Parkman (Admin) for constantly asking members to sponsor me.

Thanks also to friends and former colleagues from HM Prison Brixton,who also boosted my total by over a £100, at our Annual Reunion.

I couldn't forget my family, wife Sue and Alex & Siobhan, for putting up with me getting up for Early Morning Swims and for their support.
Thank you to all who have donated, I do really appreciate your support.

Finally I hope a cure can be found for these awful Diseases and at the same time, remembering my Friend Ray Roche, who passed away with MND in February 2021. RIP Ray.

Image uploaded with update

1 year ago

Went on my Annual 'Carol Service' Reunion yesterday, meeting friends and former colleagues from HMP Brixton.
These following boosted my Swim Challenge donations by £100
Michael Quick, Paul and Roz Wood, Colin Iveson, Tony Ryan, Simon Humphrys, Keith Saunders and Paul Dobson

Also to the couple people I met yesterday on my train journeys to and from London, who also donated generously.
James a LNER train Driver (travelling down to London, to drive the Train back) told me that Weston Park Hospital was dear to him
and to Karen '1933 to Leeds' who me and my friend 'Smiler' talked to on the 2003 train back to Yorkshire (after our 1933 train was cancelled).

Thank you all, it really means a lot to me...

only 9.96 miles to go, to complete my 12 month Swim Challenge..

Cheers Tony

1 year ago

Got a real boost this week, with my fundraising from my fellow Torquay United Supporters group TLAS ' Tom Lapslie Appreciation Society ' a Torquay United player that we collectively Sponsor. They and other members of our group boosted my fundraising by £200 ,thank you so much to them.
I am now within ten miles of finishing my challenge, hopefully finishing around the 19th December.
Thanks also to my ex work colleagues from HMP Brixton, who have recently donated. Special mention to James a LNER. Train Driver who donated, after a brief conversation today. Thanks to you all.

1 year ago

11th Channel Swim completed*

Total stands at - 231.29 miles

Thank you to all who have Donated
Tony 😊👍

1 year ago

After a quiet 2 weeks due to my rib injury, where I only managed 2 miles...
I'm back in the pool and on track now with a 2 and a quarter miles swim this morning.

Total now stands at 227.03 miles, so just under 4 miles to achieve my 11th 'Channel Swim'

Still a little short of my £2000 target.

BPL Bircotes Leisure Centre, where I work, are running a Christmas Hamper raffle at £1 each - for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and the MNDA, a portion of the profits will also add to my total.. So please support this if you can.

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Thanks Big Tone

My 2 charities

Motor Neurone Disease Association

Charity number: 294354

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity

Charity number: 1039885

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