Knebworth grandfather sets off on 147-mile swim to France

Andy Nation has set off on a 147-mile swim to Calais in France

Andy Nation has set off on a 147-mile swim to Calais in France - Credit: Archant

A GRANDFATHER has set off on a 147-mile swim from England to France this afternoon (Friday) to raise money for charity.

Andy Nation took to the water at Teddington Lock in Middlesex at midday and is attempting to swim along the east coast and then across the English Channel to Calais.

The 63-year-old hopes to complete the epic swim by spending six hours in the water a day when the tide is in his favour, with the aim of finishing in a weekk’s time.

The grandfather-of-five had intended to take on the challenge in June last year but fell at his Knebworth home and broke his neck.

Since his recovery, Andy has swum more than 250 miles in training with a metal plate in his neck.

The 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