This year’s MND Solent Swim takes place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July.

The event aims to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease, the charity supports not only people living with MND but also their carers, family and friends, or anyone else who has been affected in some way by the disease.

The annual event became so popular it now takes place over two days, with dozens due to make the journey from Ryde to Stokes Bay in Gosport (3 miles/4.8 km) whilst another group will attempt the challenge in the opposite direction.

Similar to the Solent Swim for West Wight Sports and Community Centre, each participant is accompanied by a kayak, who will assist the swimmer across the Solent to ensure their safety.

Organiser Tony Bray, set up the swim in 2012 in honor of his friend Ian Pratt, since 2014 the event has raised more than £160,000 on behalf of people living with the disease.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord, which means messages eventually fail to reach muscles.

MND can affect how you walk, speak, swallow, drink and breathe, and make decisions but symptoms develop differently from person to person and not necessarily at the same time or in any specific order.

The disease currently has no cure however symptoms can be managed to help people achieve the best possible quality of life.

Last year’s (2018) swims went ahead on 26th and 27th July, with 61 swimmers completing the crossings. Fingers crossed for the same this year and not a repeat of 2015, where the bad weather resulted in it being cancelled twice.

For more information about the event click here.