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Every issue we share the stories of just some of the people who use their passion for swimming to benefi t good causes…


Operation Eagle Results: First: RAF, 9h.26m.32s (a new record time for round-Jersey relay swim); Second: Army (9.30); Third: JLDSC (10.01); Fourth: USAF (10.31); Fiſt h: Bat le Back (10.35)


THE EAGLE HAS LANDED Every two years, the three branches of the British Armed Forces stage a fund-raising relay race across the English Channel, but for 2012 they decided instead to race around the island of Jersey. The 41-mile event – dubbed Operation Eagle – took place on 2 September, and was organised by Charlie Gravet , swim co- ordinator with the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Club (JLDSC). "The idea was for the JLDSC relay team to race military teams to raise funds for Holidays for Heroes, a charity that provides holidays for past and present members of the armed services," says Gravet . Teams included the Royal Air Force Swimming Association, the British Army Swimming Union, a team from the United States Air Force and a ‘Bat le Back’ team, comprised of servicemen who have lost limbs, representing the Headley Court Medical Rehabilitation Centre. The event was blessed with decent weather; there were clear


skies and a gentle breeze. Gravet says of the swim: "The RAF and Army teams, as expected, raced off into the distance, closely followed by the JLDSC, with the four-man USAF team and ‘Bat le Back’ bringing up the rear. Eventually we lost sight of the RAF, Army and JLDSC teams, and the USAF began closing on us. The long west coast lasted an eternity, with the wind making navigation and holding station a lit le tricky. As we approached the south-west turn, news came in that the RAF and Army were closing on the fi nish together. "The 'Bat le Back' came abreast of the USAF into the fi nal run across St Aubin’s Bay. Aſt erwards, weary but cheery faces fi lled the bar at the Yacht Club to celebrate the fantastic achievement. "Teamwork can and did win. I was proud to be part of it, and we raised £35,000 for a cause close to the hearts of many of us."


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LOOKING FOR A GOOD CAUSE TO SWIM FOR? CONSIDER ONE OF THESE CHARITIES…


The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK-wide charity to exclusively meet the needs of the growing


numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) by providing information and support relating to foods and other triggers such as latex, drugs and insect stings. Any donations will go towards continuing our work helping people with life-threatening allergies, providing information and support and encouraging manufacturers, caterers, food retailers and the medical profession to improve their services to those aff ected. anaphylaxis.org.uk


The Asthma & Allergy Research Charity (AAIR) is proud to raise funds for the world-acclaimed research unit at Southampton General Hospital. Its academic and clinical scientists provide one of the world’s most highly regarded forces in the fi ght against asthma and allergies. This team is dedicated to fi nding eff ective treatments and cures for these conditions and has been involved with many vital breakthroughs, including the identifi cation of the world's only known asthma gene. AAIR depends on donations and grants alone. Tel: 023 8077 1234 aaircharity.org


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