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Jones Lang LaSalle’s Tom Leeming set for solo English Channel swim

To raise funds for Help the Hospices, Great Ormond Street and MS Society


Tom Leeming, from the Jones Lang LaSalle National Offices team, will face one of the toughest challenges of his life this month as he attempts to complete a solo swim of the English Channel from England to France. Tom is hoping this demanding adventure will help raise £15,000 for three charities, Help the Hospices (Jones Lang LaSalle’s charity partner), MS Society and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
 
The 25 mile crossing from Dover to Cap Gris Nez (just south of Calais) will take Tom around 15 hours to complete and he will swim in 14-16 degree waters which will include the added challenges of around 1,000 shipping vessels per day, currents, jelly fish and potentially sharks.  With only a boat to guide him across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, this monumental swim has only been completed by around 850 individuals as ratified by the Channel Swimming Association (CSA Ltd) of which Tom is a member.
Commenting on his preparation for the solo challenge Tom Leeming said: “I began training in April 2010 and my training time has included cold water swims from the start of this year. Unfortunately my swim attire has had to be my speedos as no wet suits are allowed on this challenge.  I currently swim for six hours in Dover Harbour on Saturday with another seven hours each Sunday and complete further training in the week; needless to say my training isn’t doing much for my social life!”

Tom continued: “Thanks to all those who have generously sponsored me so far including Segro and Jones Lang LaSalle.”

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Notes to editors:

• Sponsors can support Tom on his incredible challenge through donations and messages of encouragement at his Virgin Money Giving site: www.virginmoneygiving.com/tomleeming