32-year-old Plymouth Man Tim Grimes is going to swim the English Channel over the next few weeks to raise funds for the Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) charity.

The condition can be life-altering and a debilitating health condition, and just simply standing up can be a challenge for affected people as their body is unable to adjust to gravity, he said.

West Hoe Pier and Pebble Beach where Tim Grimes trains every day

Tim Grimes can be seen most days on our Westward Shipping News webcam swimming across the Sound and already raised £900 on his JUST GIVING PAGE.

Mr Grimes, said: “I have always been a big fan of swimming and done other charity swims including the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Plymouth Breakwater Swims that is 2.2 miles long, but swimming the Channel at 21 miles will be my biggest endeavour.”

“I will be swimming from Dover to France and will be monitored by the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation (CS&PF) that officially facilitate and adjudicate attempts for members to swim across the English Channel under the rules of English Channel Swimming,” he said.

Tim is a Director of Plymouth based company John Grimes Partnership that is a Civil, Structural, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Consultancy-offering a wide spectrum of engineering solutions to clients across the globe.

“I’m eagerly awaiting a break in the weather and the green light to swim, and very much excited to swim the Channel,” said Tim.

To donate or sponsor Tim go to:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swimtimmy

Westward Shipping News will be following Tims Swim across the Channel every stroke of the way.