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Seven Veterans. 21 Miles. One Inspiring Swim

In the early hours of tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 06/09/23) – weather conditions permitting – seven brave veterans will set out to swim the English Channel.

In one of the ultimate tests of endurance the team will take on the treacherous currents and unforgiving tides to swim the 21-miles from England to France.

Despite facing injuries and mental health issues from their service, the intrepid group aims to inspire others by taking on the Swim2Recovery challenge in their unrelenting pursuit of recovery from brain injury.

The brainchild of Mark Bowra, founder of the Bowra Foundation, the challenge is one of many organised to empower individuals with neurological issues to overcome physical and mental limitations.

Mark, a decorated Special Forces Officer, was left paralysed on his right-hand side and initially lost the ability to walk, talk, read and write when he suffered a stroke. After a year recovering in hospital, Mark went on to participate in the Invictus Games, winning medals in swimming, before setting up the foundation to help others.

As dawn breaks tomorrow, he will be joined by Lee Spencer, Sally Orange MBE, Titch Cormack, Billy Billington, Jimmy Hill and Stu Hitchman, plunging head first into the English Channel to raise funds to provide support and resources to those facing their own challenges as a result of brain injury.

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