26 November 2010

This year Shoreham Port has celebrated 250 years at the heart of the community.

Throughout this time, the port has supported many local events and this week, the port had the pleasure of welcoming Robert Starr to swim in the harbour.

Under normal circumstances swimming is not permitted in the canal, however, Robert is no ordinary swimmer, as he is training to swim the English Channel next year.

Robert, a Trustee of the Edward Starr Charitable Trust, will swim across the channel in July 2011 to raise at least £100,000 for the Edward Starr Trust. Funds will be allocated to 21 different children's projects, raising many smiles among the children.

Rodney Lunn Chief Executive of Shoreham Port commented " we were delighted to welcome Rob down to the harbour to swim, and 21 lengths of our outdoor 'pool' would see Rob across the channel. The port continues to be at the heart of the community and we are very pleased to be supporting Rob in this great cause. Rob lives locally and to follow his progress and receive more information please visit www.swim4smiles.co.uk

The channel is the busiest shipping lane in the world and Rob will have to endure the cold (likely to be around 12 degrees), strong tides and rapidly changing weather.

Robert Starr Chief Executive of Seico Insurance said " the support from Shoreham Port is hugely appreciated. From a training perspective, swimming off the Brighton beach becomes increasingly difficult to access during winter months, the Port is the next best thing".