Sundowner Cruise to Support Fundraising for Oxford to Henley Swim


Photo (L to R) Katia Vastiau, Mark Plested, Phil Carter, Jeremy Laming – missing the fifth member of the team Malcolm Burfitt

This July a team of five intrepid Henley and Oxford swimmers will be donning their wetsuits and setting out on an epic 50 mile swim from Oxford to Henley. The extraordinary challenge is all being done in aid of local charity the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children who aim to give disabled children and young people the opportunity to live life to the full whilst providing their families with a valuable break and the support they need in their vital role as carers.

To launch the fundraising, the team is putting on a Sundowner Cruise on the New Orleans on Thursday 26th May. With a glass of prosecco on arrival, canapés courtesy of the Spice Merchant and live music from local talent Jake Molloy the evening promises to be a very special one. Tickets are just £25 and all proceeds will go directly to the Chiltern Centre as part of the Oxford to sundowner-cruise-chiltern-centreHenley Swim Team’s fundraising efforts. Buy tickets online at

Phillip Cater who is part of the Oxford to Henley Swim Team commented, “We are really excited to be involved in swimming from Oxford to Henley. The intention is to swim the distance over 3 days starting on the 14th July at Osney Lock in Oxford and finishing after approx. 50 miles at the Angel on the Bridge in Henley on Saturday 16th. With such an epic swim comes the opportunity to support a local Charity and we choose to raise money for The Chiltern Centre a fantastic local charity that supports Disabled Children and their families. Our goal is to raise £15,000.00 which will enable the Chiltern Centre to fund one of the on-site nurses for 9 months.  Please buy a ticket and come and join us on the Sundowner or go to our link and sponsor us:

Harriet Barcella, Community Fundraiser at the Chiltern Centre said, “We are all in awe of this amazing challenge that the team is taking on to raise funds for the Chiltern Centre. It is only with support like this from the local community that we are able to continue to provide exceptional care and support to disabled children and young people, and their families. We are also so grateful to all of the team, and to Hobbs of Henley and the Spice Merchant – without their support this event just wouldn’t be possible. Events like these are a great opportunity to get out, enjoy great hospitality from local businesses, have a whole lot of fun and support a really special local charity. We hope to see lots of you there.”