Dover in sight for Knebworth grandfather on 147-mile swimming challenge

Andy Nation is set to attempt to swim across the English Channel at midnight

Andy Nation is set to attempt to swim across the English Channel at midnight - Credit: Archant

A 63-YEAR-OLD man who has overcome a broken neck to take on a 147-mile swimming challenge from England to France is expected to reach a significant milestone today (Friday).

Andy Nation, who set off at Teddington Lock in Middlesex at midday last Friday, is due to reach the port of Dover this evening having swum along the east coast.

Yesterday the grandfather-of-five, who fell at his Knebworth home last year and broke his neck, completed 22 miles in the water to reach Ramsgate in Kent.

Today he hopes to swim to Dover, and will then attempt to cross the English Channel to Calais in France sometime between August 7-14, when conditions are right.

The epic swim is in aid of the Hertfordshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Letchworth GC and the Herts Air Ambulance – to sponsor Andy visit www.teddingtontocalais2012.org.uk