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Professor Andy Wolf smashes his solo channel swim!

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Yesterday, fundraising SUPER hero Andy Wolf completed his solo channel swim, battling 21 miles of cold water, strong tides and jellyfish to reach France in under thirteen hours!


Andy out in the water

For those of you that may not know, Andy is a remarkable former consultant who has dedicated his life to caring for children with complex cardiac conditions. For over two decades, Andy has worked tirelessly alongside his colleagues in the cardiac team at Bristol Children’s Hospital to care for over 400 children and babies each year who come from across the South West, South Wales and beyond for lifesaving cardiac surgery.

Over the last 18 months, he has been following a gruelling training programme to prepare for his solo channel swim to raise money to ensure the future of pioneering cardiac equipment at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Armed with a pair of goggles and swimming trunks, Andy braved 21 miles of cold water, changing tides and swarms of jelly fish and so far has raised over a whopping £14,000 which will go towards our new 3D Cardiac Bio-Printing Service that we have established – with thanks to your support - at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

3D Cardiac heart

The new Grand Appeal 3D Cardiac Bio-Printing Service will enable the cardiac team to create exact replicas of individual patients’ hearts, transforming the way the team plan and practice this complex surgery. Crucially, it will help young patients and their families to understand even the most complex cardiac conditions and operations.

andy wolf

Needless to say, this challenge is an incredible feat and we are immensely proud of Andy's tremendous achievement! His dedication, compassion and drive to help us embed this new service in Bristol Children’s Hospital is nothing short of astounding. After spending over 20 years caring for critically ill babies and children, he is now going well above his call of duty to help us take this service to new, unprecedented places.

From all of us here at Team Grand Appeal, well done Andy - what a phenomenal effort!

You can still help Andy reach his total by heading to his JustGiving page or texting “SOLO57” to 70070 with the amount you’d like to donate.

andy and team

Andy and the team after finishing his mammoth swim!