HEAD teacher Anthony Smith will be jumping into the deep end when he attempts to swim the English Channel.
The 20-miles swim which is expected to take around 12 hours will take place in July 2013 in aid of a charity close to his heart, Cancer Research.
“I have always been a distance swimmer and as head of a sports college I thought I ought to get fitter, lose some weight and try and achieve a once in a lifetime goal and benefit this vital charity,” said Mr Smith, who is head of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School.
“In 2013, it will be ten years since I lost my mum to cancer who suffered needlessly for years from this horrible disease. Being able to swim the channel is my way of helping raise money for their valuable cause.”
The decision to undertake the challenge came after a discussion with his friend who had just done the London Marathon.
“I wanted to do something for charity but just thought I was never going to do a run or climb Everest or something similar so I decided to swim the Channel,” he said.
Mr Smith has booked the swim for next July which is the closest date he could get.
He will have a one on one pilot who will escort him during his journey.
Mr Smith will stop every 28 minutes to take on board calories because he will burn over 14,000 calories or 56 Mars bars during the swim.
Accompanying him and showing her support during the trip will be colleague Ann Henderson.
“The fitness doesn’t bother me because I can get up to the level of fitness I will need. It is the cold water I need to get used to,” said Mr Smith.
His target for Cancer Research is £15,000.
To sponsor him visit www.justgiving.com/anthonychannelsmith or text GYCF48 5 to 70070.