In the UK, one person drowns every 20 hours, and with 2 million children leaving primary school this year unable to swim, that figure is sadly sure to rise. But with your help we can do something about it.
The Royal Life Saving Society and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are both charitable organisations that exist to teach water safety, and ultimately help save lives.
That’s why this year, I am taking on a massive challenge and attempting to break a Guinness World Record, by swimming 125 miles of the Upper Thames in just 4 days.
It’s going to be brutal, probably the toughest thing I’ve ever taken on, but with your help, together we can not only raise awareness of water safety and drowning prevention, but also raise funds for two fantastic organisations.
Your support means the world to me and will actively help to save lives from drowning.
More about Professor Greg Whyte OBE PhD DSc FBASES FACSM
In 2014 Greg was awarded an OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity. Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, and is a European and World medalist. He is a specialist in the field of sports, exercise and health science and has held the roles of Director of Research at the British Olympic Association; Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport; and is now a Professor of Applied Sport & Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University.
Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic/Sport Relief and Children in Need, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges. Greg has trained, motivated and successfully coached 36 Sport & Comic Relief, and Children in Need Challenges helping raise over £60 million for charity.