Aston student to swim solo across English Channel

Ben Brophy

17 June 2013

 An Aston Business School (ABS) student will be attempting to swim solo across the English Channel to raise funds for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research UK.

Placement student Ben Brophy will be attempting to swim 17 hours non-stop, through the busiest shipping lane in the world with over 600 ships per day. 

The challenge involves swimming across the Strait of Dover (between Dover and Calais) in water temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.   To qualify, Ben had to complete a 6 hour non-stop swim, in 16 degrees Celsius temperature.  Ben will only be allowed to wear one hat, a costume (no wet-suits), goggles and earplugs and is not allowed help or any contact with anyone.

Ben decided to take part in the challenge in memory his father who sadly passed away to a form of blood cancer. Ben has managed to raise over £2,100 and continues awareness through various small and big fundraising events.

The keen sportsman has undergone three years of intensive training in the build-up to the big channel swim taking place between August 27th and September the 3rd

Ben said; “My decision to participate has been both challenging and rewarding, my biggest motivation has been the overwhelming support I have received from my family,friends and University staff. I hope that participating will inspire people to donate and continue to raise awareness of leukemia and help save lives.”

Alongside attempting to swim the English Channel, Ben will also be taking part in the Great Swim series South east on 22 June and in Manchester on 20 July 2013 where both will be broadcasted live on channel 4.

Ben hopes to raise £10,000 for charity by August, and welcomes any donations.


For further media information please contact Eva Tabora, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4294 or

For further information about Ben’s Challenge visit teambrophy .

For daily updates on Ben and his journey visit his Facebook  or follow him on twitter