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Coby's Alcatraz to San Francisco Challenge

24th May 2019

A massive well done to Coby Bull, of Joel & Son Fabrics, who took on the immense challenge of swimming from Alcatraz Island to the shore of San Francisco on 13 April 2019. This was a mile and a half journey from the jail in strong currents across the Pacific Ocean, which no prisoner ever managed to successfully make. Coby fully immersed himself into his swimming and shark defence training!

“It was incredibly challenging. We set off and the currents dragged me a mile away under the Golden Gate Bridge, this is where the current splits across Alcatraz and where the big sharks come in. While swimming, this black object in the water swam towards me, it got bigger and bigger and was half a meter away from my face. It turned out to be a curious sea lion! I made it to the shore and it was an amazing experience.”

Coby is raising vital funds for St George’s Hospital Charity Children’s Appeal. These donations will go towards helping to bring colour and vibrancy to the children’s wards, employing more dedicated play specialists to reach children who are in isolation, and providing new technology such as tablets and electronic games to help all ages to learn and to play while in hospital.

Coby has said: “Nothing I do, even swimming with sharks, can come close to the bravery of the children who are treated at St George’s. Anything I can do to help them is truly a pleasure.”

St George’s Hospital Charity aims to enhance the experience for all patients at St George’s Trust. We focus our efforts on funding medical equipment that is above and beyond that which the NHS could provide, supporting high-quality medical research and helping to enable new development projects within the hospital.

Mari-Louise White, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for St George’s Hospital Charity, said: “A huge thank you to Coby for completing this incredible challenge. It’s down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue raising vital funds which will have a real impact on both patients and staff.”


To sponsor Coby, visit his JustGiving page online: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/coby-bull2






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