Andy's going to great lengths for Royal British Legion

Published on: 06 Sep 2014

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A former RAF policeman from Keynsham is well on his way to swimming the equivalent of seven English Channel crossings as he marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Andrew Workman, 48, who now works as a hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and accupuncturist, began his challenge on Remembrance Sunday last year and will finish on Sunday, November 9, this year, as people across the country once again pay their respects to those who have fought in various conflicts.

Andrew has been carrying out his challenge at Keynsham Leisure Centre, where he worked out that 1,408 lengths of the pool were equivalent to the 22 miles it would take to cross the Channel.

He initially aimed to complete five Channel crossings as he was fitting his swimming sessions in around work, swimming 64 to 100 lengths every weekday. A couple of weeks ago, however, he clocked up six crossings – or a staggering 8,448 lengths of the pool. 

He said he is confident he will complete the seventh crossing and could even reach eight by Remembrance Sunday this year, when the cash he has raised will go to a cause close to his heart.

He said: “In this year which marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, I am swimming in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. I recognised that many men and women of the Commonwealth crossed the English Channel during the war, never to return to the UK.

"I am an ex-serviceman, having served with the Royal Air Force Police during the Cold War years, and count my blessings that I wasn’t called into conflict during my service. As a result, I felt the need to do something to help my fellow veterans who were not so lucky.”

To support Andy’s challenge and the Poppy Appeal, visit to find out more.

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