Greg’s 365 challenge for #TeamSeth
Greg Kirkpatrick is over a hundred days into a 365-day wild-swimming challenge, all in memory of a little boy called Seth, who died of a brain tumour aged 7 earlier this year.
He’s raising funds for brainstrust following their support of Seth’s family throughout his illness – as well as the 365 legacy fund.
Greg’s not been shy of ideas to help him reach his remarkable fundraising target of £3,650, and he was blown away by the success of his most recent idea, which was inspired by Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.
On the 2nd September he wrote on his Instagram:
“I’ve done a skinny dip as a donation push…. How about horrendous gold shorts!?
This month is “go gold” for childhood cancer awareness…. If the donations reach £2,000 by the end of this month, I will fully degrade myself in public and do a swim in them…. In fact on the day it reaches £2k I will do the rest of the month’s daily swims in them!!”
On the 120th day of his challenge, less than 2 weeks after he posted about the shorts, Greg’s supporters got him over the £2,000 mark. He said on his Instagram post as he braved the beach in the shiny hotpants: “Absolutely overwhelmed, also pissed off I’ve gotta swim for 16 days in those horrendous gold hotpants but well done everyone and thankyou sooooo much.”
Wild swimming in Devon
Seth passed away in May 2021, and he has inspired many people to take on challenges in his honour. Greg says: “He was a fighter and an amazing little human. Inspired by Seth, I’m now taking on another challenge of wild swimming for 365 consecutive days. No wet-suit, all weathers and conditions.”
And he’s certainly experienced all weathers so far! He’s also come up against jellyfish, but nothing will stop him from completing this challenge.
“Living in Torbay, Devon I am lucky enough to be surrounded by an amazing coast and beaches, through this challenge I’ve swam and been to places I hadn’t explored before, the 365 challenge was also started locally in Brixham so everything just fell into place to take on this challenge. Seth also had a love of the beach, sea and pirates so after he passed I just had an overwhelming urge to take this on for him, even in the depths of winter going for a swim will be nothing compared to what Seth and his family went through during his treatment and I hope through this year long challenge I can raise funds and awareness for brainstrust, along with local community projects backed by the 365 legacy fund.”
You can follow Greg’s challenge on Instagram @greg365challenge, where he post daily updates and videos. As winter looms closer, he’ll need your encouragement and motivation more than ever, so do leave him a comment if you’re impressed by his dedication.
Greg’s incredible fundraising will support little brainstrust, our dedicated arm for children and families affected by a devastating brain tumour diagnosis. Our little brainstrust website is a hub of information and resources to help families cope – click here to find out more.