UK funny man David Williams isn’t joking when he said that he plans to swim the full length of the 140-mile River Thames in just eight days to raise much needed cash for Sports Relief 2011.
The star of hit series Little Britain will begin his arduous 140-mile journey from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to Big Ben in London on September 5 as part of the Big Splash Campaign to get the nation swimming.
“Most people in the UK know the River Thames, and most people think the idea of swimming in it is horrifying.
“And it is. It will be relentless. It is a huge distance so I will be in need of all the support I can get”, said the 40-year-old.
David will have to pass through several major UK towns and cities on his 140-mile swim of the River Thames including, Oxford,Reading, Henley, Maidenhead, Windsor, Kingston and Richmond but he’s no stranger to giving all he’s got to raising money for the BBC backed charity which helps so many vulnerable people living in the UK and in some of the poorest countries in the world.
In 2006, the gutsy comic swam across the English Channel and raised a whopping Â£1 million for completing the 21 mile charity swim for which he received special recognition at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.