As we all know, everything Hoggy takes on he meets with commitment, so it is a great pleasure to congratulate him on completing the first leg of a tough summer-long challenge, The Great North Swim on Lake Windermere on Sunday 14th June. Matthew is raising vital funds for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB), a fantastic cricket development and HIV/AIDS charity which has delivered more than 50 projects in nine countries, coached over 130,000 children and trained over 3,000 cricket coaches.
Finishing the 3 kilometre course in an hour and a half was an incredible effort and will undoubtedly steel him for the three further swims he has coming up between now and late August. Matthew will take to the water again this Saturday 20th June when he attacks The Great East Swim in Suffolk with his customary vigour. He then has a couple of weeks’ recovery time before he takes on The Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays on July 4th, followed by more than a month to prepare for The Great Scottish Swim on August 29th.
Fresh out of the water, Hoggy told us, “I knew that was going to be hard work but you never quite know how tough until you do it. Swimming in open water is totally different to doing the equivalent lengths in the pool so I’m glad this one is out of the way – I’m cream crackered and only have six days until the next one. It’s all massively worthwhile, though, and every penny we raise will help fund tremendous work in deprived parts of Africa, so please get behind my efforts and pledge money to Cricket Without Boundaries.”
It is vital CWB receive the funding they require to maintain their operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. To show your support please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/MatthewHoggard.