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A man from Kilverstone has swum the English Channel in memory of his brother.

Robin Fisher, 23, son of Lord Patrick Fisher, took on the challenge on August 25 and has raised around £10,000 for the Rethink Mental Illness charity so far.

He said: “This is why I did the swim, so they can carry on their good work and make a difference in people’s lives. Mental health is seriously underrated these days and is arguably the most important aspect of all people’s lives; those with mental health issues and those who do not.”

Robin Fisher during his 14 hour English Channel swim (16060175)
Robin Fisher during his 14 hour English Channel swim (16060175)

The Fisher family know first hand the effects of mental illness, as Robin’s brother, John Carnegie Vavasseur Fisher, died in August 2015, after struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues.

Robin’s swim started at Samphire Hoe beach, in Dover, at 4.47am, where all the training he had done through his last year at Exeter University was put into practice.

He said: “I had to board my boat at Dover Marina, it transported me there and in the pitch black I swam to the beach. A buzzer sounded and I went for it.”

Robin Fisher who completed his 14 hour English Channel swim (16063972)
Robin Fisher who completed his 14 hour English Channel swim (16063972)

Robin said the toughest part was the last four hours, where he battled tiredness, the change in tide and the illusion that the French coast was closer than it was.

But after 14 hours and seven minutes, Robin made it to Cap Gris-Nez, in France, and climbed the boulders that other Channel swimmers had done before.

He said: “Although it was tough to climb when you are that exhausted, it was amazing to complete something you have worked hard towards for at least a whole year.

“As soon as I had mounted the last boulder I did not know whether to cry or just sit down, but before I could, I was called back into the water to swim back to the boat.”

Robin thanked his support crew, who had yelled encouragement and wrote motivational message on a white board throughout his swim and thanked support swimmer, Beth Nevin, who did around four hours in the water with him.

He said: “I would also like to thank my parents and family, mostly for not freaking out too much and just everyone who backed me and believed in me, it made such a huge difference and made the whole journey feel all the more worthwhile.”

To donate to Robin’s page, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/robinfisherschannelswim.