Henry Bell

More Successes for Henry

Congratulations to Henry Bell for more swimming successes! In June, aged 15, he took part in the 12th Henley Classic Swim, covering the distance in just 31½ minutes and coming third in the Junior Men’s Category. In July, Henry travelled to Cornwall to compete, for the fourth year running, in the Padstow to Rock Marie Curie Cancer Care sponsored swim. This henry-4time Henry swam on his own, without Nigel Downing (his trainer); he came second in both the Elite Category, and overall, in a time of 15½ minutes – almost twice as fast as his first swim! The final tally for Henry’s sponsorship money was approximately £850 (with Gift Aid). In previous years he has raised over £700.

Henry swam 7k (half the distance) in the Henley-Marlow Bridge to Bridge event in August.  This was a long distance for him and his aim is to swim three-quarters of the distance next year!  Technically, the minimum age for participants in this race is 18, so special permission had to be sought.  Henry was disappointed he didn’t complete the swim but he’s still young and needs to build up stamina for this type of challenge. Well done Henry!

Sue Nickson