Two Borders men are attempting to swim 35 miles from Kelso to Berwick to raise funds for Help for Heroes and the Lifeboat service.
John Edey and Alistair Smee set off at 10am on Saturday the 16th June and aim to arrive at Berwick Lifeboat station around tea time on Sunday.
They are braving strong tides, hypothermia and dreadful weather to raise hundreds for their chosen charities. Alistair said:
*John I are undertaking this adventure for ourselves but we are also hoping to raise a small amount of money for Help the Heroes. John served for 7 years with Territorial Army the Kings Own Scottish Borderers. We have both been involved with taking injured soldiers fishing on the Tweed, in particular John, who was so impressed by their wonderful spirit and lack of complaint despite injury. We felt that raising money for Help for Heroes not only would help them *
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