A student from Gateford is to swim the English Channel to raise funds for a national men’s mental health charity.
Jack Trewick, 21, will attempt the crossing of more than 21 miles solo next August.
The Leeds University business student said: “I did my first Iron Man triathlon last year and raised £2,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support, and when I finished I thought ‘what’s next?’”
“It’s a big challenge, fewer people have done it than climbed Everest, but I’m more excited than daunted.
He is aiming to raise £5,000 for CALM, which works to prevent young male suicide.
Jack said: “A few of my friends have been in difficulty, but it’s wider than that.
“It’s a really important thing to build a campaign on.”
His training will peak at 40-hours a week in the pool, along with competitive open water events all winter.
Jack is seeking donations to the charity and business sponsors to help cover costs.