I’ll skip the ferry and swim to music festival instead, says Andrew

READY TO SWIM Andrew Hudson is swimming to Bestival on the Isle of Wight

READY TO SWIM Andrew Hudson is swimming to Bestival on the Isle of Wight

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ANDREW Hudson is going to Bestival on the Isle of Wight – but unlike most he won’t be getting the ferry,

Instead, the adventurous 40-year-old was today pulling on his wetsuit and swimming across the Solent.

He was due to set off from Stokes Bay, Gosport, in a bid to raise £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Suppor.

Andrew, who runs Alverstoke House Nursing Home, in Alverstoke, Gosport, said: ‘I’m looking forward to it.

‘I’m anxious because I’m not sure what the water and the weather is going to be like.’

Andrew joins 12 others from across the UK as they take part in the Swim to Bestival annual challenge, run by Bestival.

The group were scheduled to begin at the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service and swim across a four-mile stretch to Ryde Beach on the Isle of Wight.

Once the team arrive on shore they will head to the event and get stuck into four days of music celebrations this weekend.

They’re due to take to the stage at the festival and be presented with medals.

Bands performing this year include Pendulum, The Cure and Primal Scream.

Andrew, who lives in Curdridge, near Botley, decided to take the plunge after his friend Ben Gelblun, 40, took part last year.

‘I grew up in this area and have been over to the Isle of Wight in most forms of transport and I have always wanted to swim across.

‘A friend suggested that I should try for the Bestival swim.

‘Now I’m hoping to get all my friends and family to come along and support.’

Andrew’s preparation has seen him swim along Stokes Bay for the last three months.

He bought a wetsuit specially designed for swimming across long stretches of water.

He said: ‘I know I can do the distance because I have done 6km swims in preparation for the event.

‘As I drive past Stokes Bay every day to work I have no excuse not to jump in and have a practice.

‘Sea swimming is much harder than the pool and the difficulty of the day will depends on the tide and wind direction.’

People can donate to Andrew’s cause at justgiving.com/andrew-hudson1.

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