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Warning. The public should not try this themselves. The Thames is incredibly dangerous and many people have drowned in its waters which have powerful tides and unpredictable currents.
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Day seven - the penultimate day of The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Walliams vs The Thames. At 8pm David arrives at Teddington Lock to be greeted by his ever supportive wife Lara Stone. You can as always keep up to date with David's progress from #thamesswim on Twitter.
Obviously tired but David appeared in good spirits when he broke his challenge for a rest at Chertsey Lock this afternoon, greeted by his proud mother Kathleen. He also took this opportunity for some physio before setting off for Teddington and a total of 21 miles today.
David is urging everyone to keep him afloat by sponsoring him now at www.sportrelief.com/swim. As well as making a donation, people can check out the GPS tracker online at www.sportrelief.com/walliams and follow the Twitter feed using #hash tag #Thamesswim to see where he’ll be.
He will set off tomorrow and hopes to be in Westminster between 6 and 7pm.
Looking back so far:
A pep talk from Miranda Hart
and then there was 'Saving Vinny'
Day 5: David receiving treatment for his rash & physio
Day 4 - the pain is showing
Further images from the first few days of the challenge
BT is giving £40,000 a day to support David’s swim as part of the £1million it has committed to raise in support of The BT Sport Relief challenges - a series of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Sport Relief 2012. BT is also asking people to join in and become part of David’s swim by ‘trunking’ – posting pictures of themselves donning goggles and a swimming pose in a take on the latest internet craze ‘planking’.
September 11, 2011