By Len Dunne, Elivar Co-Founder

Red Szell got me into Wild Water Swimming. He coaxed me down to the Hampstead Men’s Ponds with the promise of a 50M swim followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Before I knew it, I was hooked.

Red and I are now swimming buddies. We’ve swum all over together including completing the Henley Mile but I’m a useless friend – he’s such good company that I forget that he’s blind: if I’m walking with him I’ll invariably walk him into a wooden bench, park gates, low hanging branches. Those examples are easy to come by – I’ve walked him into all three in the past month.

Red - Still the best swimmer in Hamstead Ponds

Red is a published author – Blind Trust and The Blind Man of Hoy - a broadcaster (his show on the RNIB regularly pulls in over 100k listeners) and a superb climber. He is the first blind person to climb the Old Man of Hoy, a sea stack off Scotland that was first mastered by Chris Bonnington.

My reason for writing this blog is that Red is in the running for the Holman Prize for funding to undertake an extreme sports triathlon. He plans to mountain bike tandem, open water swim and rock climb to the summit of Am Buachaille (a 213 ft sea stack off the coast of Scotland) and, in the process, he hopes to change people’s perceptions of blindness.

Have a look at Red’s video and please “like” this video before the closing date which is March 7th

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