A cold English Channel.

17 miles from steel pier to steel pier.

One man and his paddle board.

William is taking on the 17miles of open sea between Eastbourne and Hastings in his special stand up paddle board Pier to Pier challenge, looking to raise more than £500 for patients and families looked after by St Wilfrid's. 

William with the extra large, extra stable board he will be using for the epic paddleboarding challenge.

William, a professional stand up paddleboarding instructor based in Eastbourne, was inspired to start fundraising after reading about the efforts of hospice staff and volunteers in the local papers and hearing so many stories from friends. William said:

'I've seen the great work they do at the hospice and it’s made the training a pleasure. Not to mention seeing all the beautiful sights of East Sussex from the water - I've seen star fish, seals, jelly fish and porpoises. What a great way to see wildlife!'

Want to contribute towards William's total? Visit his JustGiving page and leave YOUR donation. 

William on the water, on his shorter board.