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Andre Phillips is taking on a fundraising swim around Arran in memory of a friend and to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS.
Andre will attempt to swim 100kms – 62 miles – around Arran from today (Saturday) until Sunday June 26, swimming around 10kms – 6.2 miles – a day over 10 days.
The fundraiser is to honour the life of his friend Kate Mowatt who took her own life in 2020, aged just 20 years old, and to raise funds for PAPYRUS which is dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.
Kate left home on Arran in 2017 to study at St Andrew’s University where she met Andre. She supported him with some of his fundraising events in 2018 – 1,000 Miles Around Scotland for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Campaign for Female Education.
Sadly Kate suffered from mental heath problems and took her own life but up until her death she was keen to help other people with mental heath problems and was trying to highlight the difficulties many people were going though, often with limited support. She was also an active campaigner for PAPYRUS.
If you wish to support Andre’s campaign he has a website at //www.swimaroundarran.com/ where details of his challenge can be found. Regular updates will be posted on Facebook by searching for SwimAroundArran and anyone interested in supporting him, or even joining him in the water, is encouraged to get in touch.