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One kiss can make all the difference…

The Eve Appeal By Pocket App is a  free app where you can send kisses with a message to friends and family for a £1 donation per kiss – every penny of which is donated to the gynaecological cancer research charity, The Eve Appeal. Help them gain 7,500 kisses for Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month – one kiss for every woman we lose to these cancers every year in the UK. Your kiss will automatically be displayed in the gallery on our website www.gcam11.org.uk with your public message. Thanks for your support!

For more details and to download click here ->

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/the-eve-appeal/id456928786?mt=8

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Jason Bradbury tells us about his latest charity challenge: The Swim

Any self respecting Gadget Show lover knows just how much Jason Bradbury will *NEVER* shy away from a challenge and this time he has only gone and excelled himself. He is swimming the Irish Sea in aid of charity – Cancer Research UK to be precise – in the hope of raising £1 million towards their lifesaving work. 

The Swim is a unique celebrity team challenge where JB will be joining team captains Richard Branson and Ronan Keating amongst other celeb swimmers, crossing the gruelling Irish Sea, swimming 56 miles from Holyhead to Dublin. WOW!!! No mean feat, I’m sure you’ll agree,  and when I met up with him recently to find out more, we chatted training, diet, (budgie smugglers) and of course his fave swim gadgets…

 

Why oh why?

Well, his agent sent him an email about this and his immediate reply was YES (in capitals!).  He openly admints he is not the best of swimmers and before accepting this challenge he hardly ever swam – futhermore he is asthmatic.  It was not only the cause that drove him on but also something on a more personal level that appealed to him. His brother was diagnosed with skin cancer and this made the challenge all the more relevant. Thankfully his brother now has the all clear but this was definitely one of his motivations for him doing this; coupled with his adventurous nature and a thirst to simply do something different.

Training Regime?

Not being able to do more than a single length when he started with his trainer Dan Bullock (an ex olympic level swimmer) Jason knew his work was cut out for him. With lots of effort and determination in 4 weeks he went from swimming one single length to swimming an hour of front crawl continuously. His PB is now 3mins 56 seconds for 200 metres (it may be even better than this now) and he trains twice a week (he assures us it’s all about technique – he swims from his buttocks and core – we like this bit).  He is loving the training, buzzing off endorphines and very grateful to his girlfriend who is super supportive of all the time he is having to put in to this.

Diet?

PROTEIN/CARBS/PROTEIN/CARBS is his new mantra! He says it’s all about the carb loading. Maintaining a more even energy level through his diet, he is fighting fit and raring to go (as if he wasn’t excitable enough) and he even has a six pack! (I know, I’ve seen it -well, on a photo at least.)

What does it entail?

Briefly they will all be on the main boat with showers, food etc and they will then be taken out into the Irish Sea in a RIB. Then it’s a case of getting in the water away from the RIB (which has lights on it for the night swims) and away he goes, tracking himself, aligned with the boat and the lights. He will be swimming in pitch black, face down for an hour.  ‘It will be weird’ he says but quickly adds ‘no where near as difficult as someone telling you that you have cancer’…the harsh reality of what he is doing clearly rings true but it’s obvious his main focus is wanting to help the great cause that he will be swimming for.

When and Where?

It takes place this September 2011 in the sometimes violent and treacherous waters of the Irish Sea (almost three times the length of the English Channel). This 56-mile relay swim will be a gruelling 30-40 hour mission from Holyhead to Dublin. It’s not going to be easy for their team of 10 brave swimmers but they are all determined to make a success of it.

And Finally… Gadgdets, Speedos or Shorts?

He loves his baggy shorts but assures us it’s going to be sexy speedos all the way, a knife on his calf, eating a diet of pure of oysters that he opens with his knife. We should call him Bond,Jason Bond, (I’m thinking Daniel Craig, sea, Casino Royale…)  And as for gadgets he loves his Iron Man watch which records his length time by simply tapping the screen and his Speedo waterproof MP3 Player that he can listen to his audio books on whilst training.

Sponsor Jason

He needs your money! Please please please get involved, even a small donation will help to make a difference.   Click here to sponsor Jason.

For more details go to  www.the-swim.co.uk

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