Neil’s mum originally suggested he take up some form of exercise to keep fit, but swimming lengths at his local pool in Honiton has become something of an obsession.
Neil explains: “I keep a record of every single swimming session I do and log how far I’ve swum. This January I hit 3,714 miles, which is 237,744 lengths of the pool. It’s like swimming from Exeter to New York and then some! My preferred stroke is freestyle and I usually do 80 lengths in a single swimming session.
“Back in 2012 my dad, Ken Brown, died and was looked after by Hospiscare for the last couple of days of his life. So in 2013 I started raising money for charity from my swimming. I’ve supported six charities this way and raised over £2,360 collectively. For Hospiscare, I’ve raised (with Gift Aid included) over £1,000.
“It’s the best form of exercise you can do, swimming is a total body workout. My next goal is to reach 3,750 miles and then maybe aim to hit 4,000 miles after that. I keep my records all together so I know exactly how far I’ve gone and how close I am to my next target.
“I did a few miles in a pool at Pontins on holiday, but apart from that all my swimming has been at the Honiton pool. I used to go three to four times a week but I have eased off a bit now and only do one to two sessions weekly.
Hospiscare is a local adult hospice charity, providing high quality care and support to people with any type of terminal illness, and those close to them, in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. A gift to Hospiscare in your Will helps to ensure the future of the charity in Devon for generations to come.