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Swimmer raises over £4,000 despite missing out on record

18 February 2016
Danny Hanlon and Bernard Stone were just 3.9km off their goal of being the first relay team to swim the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand when bad weather forced them to abandon their swim.

“Early on in the day, we were making great progress and looked set to reach the other side within 9 hours and set the new two-man record,” said Danny. “The highlights included each of us swimming with a pod of up to 15 dolphins, chasing around us at incredible speeds and clearly looking to see what was going on. Bernie also encountered a giant pack of jellyfish, swimming 100 metres to avoid them, and I was circled by a huge Albatross, looking to have a go at my toes!

“We now know first-hand why the Cook Strait is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world.”

Despite missing out on the record Danny has raised nearly £4,500 for Demelza and recently visited Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne to see the difference his fundraising will make. He even tried out the hospice’s hydrotherapy pool, considerably warmer than the waters in the Cook Strait!

You can still sponsor Danny here: https://www.justgiving.com/Danny-Hanlon/