MARINE flare brand Pains Wessex is sponsoring a man’s bid to walk on water across the Irish Sea.
The brand, which is made by Drew Marine in Havant, will be providing adventurer Chris Todd with emergency flare packs in case he gets into difficulty during the 66-mile crossing from Wales to Ireland in a giant human hamster wheel.
Chris, 35, of Wiltshire, hopes the crossing will raise £20,000 for the Wiltshire Blind Association and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
It is planned to take place early this month, weather permitting.
He said: ‘I estimate that it will be like running roughly 10 back-to-back marathons.
‘The flares being provided by Pains Wessex could be critical if I was in a potential collision situation or if I needed to be rescued – but I hope we will not have to face such emergencies.’