Welcome from Steve The Swimming Gardener!

Endurance charity swimmer for the Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice in West Sussex (among other Children’s causes). As the Swimming Gardener (aka Steve White) I have raised in excess of £30,000 for various causes and am now firmly nestled in fundraising for this wonderful organisation in the Beautiful South Downs National Park.

Previously, I have swum many organised events, including in 2011  the Pier to Pier challenge, swimming from Littlehampton to Worthing Pier and back (15 Miles), The Race Against Tide (15 Miles Down the River Arun), The Splash4Cash (21 Miles along the South Coast and up the River Arun AGAINST the current)… and many more too numerous to mention!


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Well, I did it! Not only that but in a time of just 1 hour and 9 minutes (largely due to the thought of a pint & a burger at the end, but also due to the river current) Conditions for the swim were pretty good in the end, colder than expected and I have to say due to the lack of total body movement, I was pretty cold at the end, but elated to find that thus far, total raised funds have exceeded £4500 already. Money is still coming in and it’s never too late to add and help these wonderful charities To donate please click here

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 Many thanks for your donation!


*Thanks to the generous support that we have received thus far ALL funding from here on goes to the 2 wonderful, local Cancer charities below:

Hi and welcome to the latest fundraiser by The Swimming Gardener. Quite simply, I will be swimming in the 3.8km ‘Ironman’ race on June 13th 2015. Not much of a distance granted…. But with BOTH LEGS BOUND & 1 ARM TIED BEHIND MY BACK?
Here is The story behind why I am helping:



This is 3 year old Jack Weaver from Littlehampton. In November 2013 he was short of breath and his side hurt. In the space of just 12 hours he was Blue Lighted to intensive care in Southampton & diagnosed with every parent’s nightmare Childhood Cancer. Jack had Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
From that moment everything in the Weaver family’s life was turned on it’s head and, to this day, as Jack continues his battle with the disease remains so.
Jack has little memory of life without tubes, needles, hospitals, Chemotherapy and endless relapses followed by long stays in hospital.
Jack’s little sister Adelaide, does not know much of a life beyond support for big brother.
So here’s how we as a society can help:
Between Jack’s family, friends and myself, we have raised the money for Jack and co to take for a well deserved break to Disneyland Paris for 5 days. From NOW on, funds raised will go to the 2 following remarkable Cancer support charities:

Clic Sargent – Helping families deal with childhood Cancer together

Tyler’s Trust (gift boxes for children with life threatening illness)




 Previously… there was this:


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A unique and unrivalled opportunity for 2013, you could win £1000 of hot lolly!

Happy to announce the Swimming Gardener’s Splash 4 Cash- a new concept in fundraising and a chance to win £1000!

How to win:

You will be asked to predict how many metres The Swimming Gardener will complete on a gruelling 10 hour swim in the English Channel and the into the River Arun in West Sussex. Quite simply, closest guess will take the winners prize of £1000 cash. Sounds easy? Well the swim certainly isn’t, and each guess will cost £10 with £2 going to the RNLI in recognition of their keen support!  For more details click here.

The prize fund has been donated as such by two outstanding Sussex Businesses!

Both Jeremy Silverthorne Jewellers and Shoreham Vehicle Auctions have clubbed together and come up with the outstanding prize sum of £1000 to the lucky winner, a massive thanks to them is due!

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The Swimming Gardener has also been successful in securing a sponsored race-suit from Blue Seventy, the worlds leading Open water swimming specialists. This is not just any wetsuit, they have provided their latest spec 2012 ‘helix’ as worn by Olympic open water swimmers worldwide.

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Corporate and Local Business:

We have organised this for Sussex Charities, to be carried out along the Sussex Coast. We are actively encouraging businesses to sponsor and promote themselves through this worthy cause, in the knowledge that the funds will directly benefit the local community. Please contact Steve for more details on 07973 662772. Steve will also be available along with the Swimming Gardener logo board for any promotional shots that you feel you could use.