Old Harry Rocks to The Needles - Swimming 25km(ish) for 25 years of support

Saturday 30th September 2023

Dan Lovett

Old Harry Rocks to The Needles - Swimming 25km(ish) for 25 years of support

Old Harry Rocks to The Needles
25km(ish) for 25 years of support

Hi ūüėĀ
If you don't know who I am, my name is Dan Lovett and I'm going to be SWIMMING from 'OLD HARRY ROCKS' (Studland, Dorset) to the 'NEEDLES LIGHTHOUSE' (Isle of Wight). The swim is approximately 25KM (ish!) of open-ocean; battling waves, tides, currents, jellies and anything else in-between... I'm going to need a lot of Vaseline, suncream, bananas and peanut butter! You're probably thinking I'm completely mad‚Ķ but I will be swimming in September (weather & tide dependant) so this could be at the beginning or end of the month, I‚Äôll keep you in the loop ūü§ô

Here's why I'll be raising money for ''SPRING' (Supporting parents and relatives through baby loss) & 'Myeloma UK';

Sarah & Dan's story;
In 2023 my wife and I found out that we were expecting our first baby. We were over the moon and excited to share our news with the world! As soon as you find out you're pregnant, you start to dream and visualise all of the things you want to do as new parents and start to plan for your new life ahead.
We went for a scan and found out that we weren't going to meet our little one, devastatingly a heartbeat could not be found. We were also informed that this was a 'missed' miscarriage (silent miscarriage), which felt especially cruel as there were no signs anything was wrong with our baby. Our worlds collapsed around us and it felt like a huge wave had hit us and flipped everything upside-down. Over the next week, we faced an agonising wait for a second scan at the hospital to confirm our loss - hearing that they could not find a heartbeat (for the second time) was something no parent should ever have to hear. Our little one had died and we now had to face the reality of letting go.
In our darkest time, SPRING were there to support us and navigate this new chapter in our lives. Our counselling has helped us to learn how to sit with our emotions, how to grieve and how to begin to rebuild. The support has allowed us to validate our feelings and know that our loss is traumatic. We will never forget our baby and all the hopes & dreams. Talking openly and honestly in this safe environment provided by SPRING has allowed my wife and me to grow and heal together. I will never be able to thank them enough for all that they have done, but I can swim the distance to make a difference. What better way to celebrate SPRING's 25th anniversary by swimming 25km!

Jo & Chris's story;
My Wife’s Aunty (Jo) and Uncle (Chris) have also been on a very difficult journey. Over the past couple of years Jo has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer, which has entailed several surgeries. During the work up for the breast surgery it was found that Jo also had multiple myeloma. She needed chemotherapy & stem cell treatment for the myeloma. Last year Jo spent 2 months in ICU in a coma after contracting legionaries disease (in hospital) whilst having stem cell treatment. She had a collapsed lung kidney dialysis and other complications in ITU. Chris was told to expect the worse but Jo survived against the odds. Unfortunately, back on the ward Jo contracted covid. Thankfully she recovered and is in remission, Jo and Chris got married in March 2023 - the start of their next chapter.
During this swim, Chris will be the supporting safety boat. He was the first person to say 'YES' and be completely on board with this BIG swim!

I want to use this swim to raise money for these worthy charities and raise awareness of the support that is available to those on these difficult paths. But to also start the conversation about loss, healing and how we can all support each other in these challenging periods of our lives. Sadly we have lost far too many loved ones too soon.

Thank you for taking the time to read our stories, and I hope that you can donate to this BIG SWIM!

Sarah, Jo, Chris & Dan xxxx

You can and more about these amazing charities here;
SPRING - https://springsupport.org.uk
Myeloma UK - https://www.myeloma.org.uk

Check out the raffle here and win some BIG prizes!!!

https://raffall.com/342032/enter-raffle-to-win-big-prizes-for-a-big-swim-hosted-by-dan-lovett

If you would like to follow my training, updates and info on the upcoming raffle please go to these pages;

Instagram;
https://instagram.com/dans_big_swim?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

Facebook;
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100094429185128

Strava;
https://www.strava.com/athletes/922601

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    15 hours, 8 minutes

    Mandy

    My family has needed the support of the SPRING team, ūü¶č I know what a difficult and important job they do for so many families. Good luck Dan ūüĆą

    £ 10.00 (+£2.50)

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    3 days, 10 hours

    Kate Murray

    Good luck Dan ! Hope the weather is kind . Kate x

    £ 20.00 (+£5.00)

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    4 days, 1 hour

    Harry Oconnell

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    The Vincent's

    Great causes. Best of luck. You'll smash it. Will, Clare, Felix and Ellie x

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    Joce

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    James HB

    You’ve got this Dan. Big hugs to you all x

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    Sian Stokes

    Good luck Dan!! Saw the link through Maria’s page. What a great challenge and cause.

    £ 50.00 (+£12.50)

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    Jem Thornton-Naylor

    Good luck Dan! Sending all my love to you both xxx

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    Jan busby

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    Keith B

    Good Luck Dan, here's to calm waters

    £ 30.00 (+£7.50)

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    Fay ūüŹä‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ

    Go smash! ūüí•‚ÄľÔłŹ

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    Christine Stiling

    Such a good cause, good luck

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    Elaine Farquharson

    Good luck Dan! ūüėÄ

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    Rutt Samantha

    So much love for you both ūüôŹūüŹľ what an amazing achievement x

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    Steven Clover

    Good luck Dan,swim like a fish ūü§ô

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    Adam & Rhiannon

    Keep cracking out the miles Dan. Wishing you a following tide all the way.

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    Catherine Elliott

    Go, Dan! ūüŹä‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ best wishes from Kate x

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    Hilary Guess-England

    Good Luck Dan :) Thoughts and good wishes to you and Sara.

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    Debbie Sherman

    Good luck with the swim Dan, a typical idea of yours to support this amazing charity. I really hope you and the Mrs are well. Love and hugs xx

    £ 30.00 (+£7.50)

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    Jenny Welton

    Wow, what an amazing adventure! Wishing you all the best for the swim! 2 amazing charities and I'm so glad that you've had support xx

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    Amy Blackburn

    Well done Dan what an amazing challenge can't wait to hear about it xxx

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    Jim Pascoe

    Nicky and I are old friends of Jo. Good luck with the swim Dan.

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    Stuart Bennett

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    Helen Harris

    Swim like a fish! Wonderful charities, feels good to support.

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    The Aston's

    Fantastic Dan! Giving some recognition and support to the charities that helped you and your family through some really hard times. I'm sure you will smash it!

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    Andrew, Tytti & Niko

    Good luck, keep swimming Dan! ūüŹäūüŹľ‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ ūüôĆūüŹĽ

    £ 70.00 (+£17.50)

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    Lou, Gaz, Max and Zac. X

    Dan and Sarah you are an inspiration, I will never forget the support you gave me when I needed it most. This is just a token of my appreciation and support for your journey. Good luck Dan, you will absolutely nail it!!!

    £ 50.00 (+£12.50)

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    BBDD

    You are smashing this challenge and for such amazing causes. Keep swimming you legend!! We’re with you all the way!

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    Vanessa McMullen

    Well done for taking on this challenge Dan. Miscarriage is very difficult to come to terms with and I'm so glad you have had the support you both needed. Something good always comes out of something bad - you are now raising awareness for 2 great causes. Best of luck and avoid those jellies!

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    Nats

    Dan, you are something else taking on this challenge! You are so determined and focused that I know you will give it everything and more. What you and your wife have been through is really tough and I hope this brings you all to a good place (with all the other support) to look at the future with positivity and hope. Big loves to you all xxxx

    £ 20.00 (+£5.00)

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    Steve Jo and Holly

    Amazing challenge for a great cause.

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    None

    So sorry to hear your news, Dan. Thank you for sharing your story with us and for taking on this momentous challenge. The more awareness that is raised, research that is carried out, and support that is provided, the better. Thinking of you all x

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    Keith B

    Wishing you good luck on the day and may all the jellies pass you by.

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    3 Ladies on the beach

    Good luck on your swim Dan!

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    None

    Keep Swimming for two great causes ūüôĆūüŹäūüŹľ‚Äć‚ôāÔłŹ

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    Heather Sharp

    Hi Dan, Thank you for sharing your heart breaking stories. I'm so glad that you, Sarah, Jo and Chris are on the road to recovery after such traumatic experiences. I wish you all the best with your amazing challenge and good luck with the intense training too! Heather

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    None

    Amazing challenge and amazing cause. Well done, you've got this

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    Amy & Annette

    It takes a very special person whose gone through something so awful to then go on and help others in a similar situation. You’re both amazing. Supporting and Encouraging you all the way BIG love xxx

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    Yvonne Arnold

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    Daina Bye

    What a huge challenge! Good luck Dan!

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    Amanda Burton

    Wishing you good luck and a safe and successful swim.

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    Charlotte Dunford

    So sorry to hear about your loss, thinking of you both. Wish you all the best for the swim, good luck! Charlotte, Chris and Chloe x

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    Laura Morgan

    An amazing thing you are doing Dan go smash this swim x

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    Cammy Brunton

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    Mark S

    Great causes and best of luck for the swim

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    Julie Ogborne

    Good luck, what a challenge!

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    Lynne Ruddick

    I am so sorry for your loss and am blown away by your strength. What an amazing challenge, I have no doubt that you will smash this. Let me know if there is anything I can do to support xx

    £ 50.00 (+£12.50)

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    None

    With love from nanny, grandad, mum, matt, bex, luke and noah ūüíô ‚̧ You can do it!

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    Salterns Marina

    Good luck, we're rooting for you!

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    Natalie Burns

    Good luck Dan, I hope the sea is kind

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    Scott

    Good luck buddy

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    Caitlin Holman

    Good work Dan and well done for sharing your story to make others feel less lonely. Xx

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    Cheryl & Mike McNulty

    Great causes Dan. Good luck!

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    Philip

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    Fariba

    Both are great causes. Good luck x

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    Tim

    Good luck Dan. Terrific challenge for great causes. Sorry we cannot support further.

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    Gina and Chris

    Good luck Dan. Such an amazing adventure for very worthwhile causes. Thank you so much for doing g this and supporting my wonderful sister.

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    None

    Good luck Dan!!

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    Ian Robinson

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    Fi & Tony

    What a challenge! Best of luck Dan sure you will reach your goal. Lots of love xxx

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    Matt evans

    Best of luck mate

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    Nick B

    Go Dan you will smash it!

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    Rachel Duncan

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    Keith

    Thinking of you both ‚̧ԳŹ

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    Amy

    Good luck Dan! So sorry for your sad news. What a lovely charity to help.

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    Maria Mcveigh

    Love you guys !!! You are amazing and what a great cause to be swimming for ! Always here ūüėė

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    Karin and Trev

    Good Luck Dan ..Wonderful thing to do for these charities. X

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    Lauren Falconer

    Well done Dan! Lots of love from Lauren & Jason x

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    Amanda Carr

    What a fabulous idea ! Good luck I’m sure you’ll smash it x

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    Clive

    Great challenge Dan and lots of love to you and your family.

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    Fiona & Marco

    So sorry for your loss. Your little one is having an impact on the world even though they aren't able to be here. All the best for the swim. x

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    Sasha Bryant

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    Sharon Miles

    So sorry to hear that Dan and Sarah, good luck with the swim Dan xxx

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    Izzy Scarratt

    Proud to have such a strong aunty and uncle, two incredible couples. Good luck! ‚̧ԳŹ

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    Lucy Scarratt

    Good Luck Dan! Love you Aunty Jo & Uncle Chris xx

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    The Wright family

    Amazing challenge, can't think of anyone more suited to smash it!

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    Ben wright

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    Hannah and Nick

    Good luck Dan

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    Zoe Batt

    My thoughts are with you both. You got this Dan xx

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    Roger.K

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    Gemma Knill

    So sorry to hear your sad news Dan. This is such a great cause, all the best for the challenge Gemma & Laurence x

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    Andy and Rachel Scarratt

    Amazing effort for amazing charities and amazing people. Good Luck Dan.

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    Constantine Pavledis

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    Debbie

    Good luck with the swim Dan - what a feat! I‚Äôm glad to give in thanks that Jo is still with us ūüėė

    £ 25.00 (+£6.25)

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    April + Olly

    We are hear for you both always. Biggest hugs x

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    Dom Hinwood

    Thinking of you guys, it's a horrible thing to have to go through. Xx

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    Bex Sque

    Good luck Dan and thank you for sharing your story x

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    Ivor

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    James

    So sorry to hear your news. Let me know if I can help in any way. I know you‚Äôll absolutely smash this swim. Iron Dan ūüí™ūüŹĽūüí™ūüŹĽ

    £ 25.00 (+£6.25)

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    Rach + Laura

    This is beautiful. Proud of you buddy. Big love. Xxx

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    Owen

    What a challenge and for a great cause. Your a braver man than me! Wishing you and your family all the best. Best wishes Owen, Ellie and Evie.

    £ 10.00 (+£2.50)

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