Regiment’s Channel swim

Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment soldiers get ready to swim the Channel SUS-140715-090508001
Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment soldiers get ready to swim the Channel SUS-140715-090508001

Soldiers from the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) are planning a charity Channel swim this month.

Between the tidal window of July 19-27 a team of six swimmers and one on standby from the Regiment (The Tiger Sharks) will swim the English Channel to raise funds for the Regiment’s Friends and other local charities.

Intense cold and sometimes hourly tidal changes aside - there are over 600 commercial ship movements and 80 to 100 ferry crossings between Dover and Calais every day - this makes it one of the world’s hardest swims.

Everyone taking part has faced significant challenges on and off the battlefield but for them the swim represents something greater than the task at hand.

All the swimmers had a clear purpose. James Sandalls said, “As soon as I heard my Regiment was putting a six-man relay team together to swim the Channel, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. These charities allow disabled children to just enjoy being kids, meanwhile giving parents a well deserved rest. Since my sister passed away from cancer last year and my brother in law became a single parent this has a stronger sentiment for me.”

The Friends of the PWRR raises funds and support for these soldiers driven by the desire to help the Regiment during and after service whether it is helping make life easier to cope with an acquired disability or supporting soldiers and their families as making the transition from Army to civilian life.

Ricky Oxley said, “Raising money for the lads and any other ex-servicemen is, in my eyes, always a great cause. Raising money for Demelza, Naomi House and Jacksplace however, makes it even more essential that I complete this challenge.”

The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) is one of the most decorated Infantry Regiments in the British Army boasting the only living recipient of the Victoria Cross – Johnson Beharry - as well as a many Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, Military Cross and mentions in dispatches. It has seen continuous action in Iraq and Afghanistan. To donate visit