Crawley man’s epic swim to help charity

jpco 21-1-15 Kelvin Davies whose brother suffered severe injuries in a motorbike crash is swimming the English Channel in aid of Aspire (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150119-143840001
jpco 21-1-15 Kelvin Davies whose brother suffered severe injuries in a motorbike crash is swimming the English Channel in aid of Aspire (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150119-143840001

A man is training to swim the English Channel for a charity that helped his brother following a motorbike accident.

Kelvin Davies will take on the swim on August 8 after his brother Nigel was severely injured 15 years ago.

Aspire supported Nigel, who suffered severe back pains and gave up being a chef following the accident.

Kelvin, 48, of Walton Heath, Pound Hill, who also suffers from back pain, said: “It could just happen to anyone.

“You just think to yourself where would you turn to for help if that happened.

“Ever since the accident there’s a lot of things he cannot do now.

“It was as much mental torture as anything else.

“I look at all the things I do and think how vulnerable I am.”

Kelvin, who injured his back weight-training, aims to raise £2,000 for the charity.

He started swimming a few years ago after he picked up leg injuries from long-distance running.

The ex-serviceman said: “It’s quite a big mental battle the thought of jumping into the sea in the dark with just a spotlight.

“This really is a huge challenge for me personally not only from a physical sense but also mentally with regards to the fear of swimming through one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, dealing with the currents, the cold, jelly fish and sea sickness.”

He said he would swim in three hour-long stints rotating in a team of six.

He has been going on weekly training swims in cold water .

Kelvin added: “It’s not the distance that frightens me because we are doing it as a team.

“The problem with cold water swimming is when your body is battling against the cold it affects the capability of your performance.”

Kelvin, a construction project manager, is working on a 22 flat development near Crawley Train Station. He served in the Army in Iraq in 2003. Aspire supports people with spinal injuries.

He has fundraised for Children with Cancer.

Visit www.justgiving.com/Kelvin-Davies3