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Andrew Short KC swims the Channel for Aspire

Andrew Short KC successfully swims the Channel to raise funds for Aspire

Outer Temple Chambers cheered on Andrew Short KC as he swam the English Channel on Thursday, 10th August 2023 to raise £15,000 for Aspire.


We’re extremely proud to announce that Andrew has successfully completed his swim across the English Channel, in an impressive 15 hours, 49 minutes. All of Andrew’s friends and colleagues at OTC, would like to congratulate Andrew on this incredible achievement. A big thank you to those that supported Andrew. For those that wish to do so, please donate via the link below.

About the swim

Being a swimming enthusiast and having taken part in a couple of relay Channel swims with Team Wallabies in 2020 and Team Rhinos in 2022, Andrew Short KC this year took the plunge and decided to swim solo for charity.

Andrew successfully completed a swim of the English Channel in August 2023 to support and raise funds for Aspire, a wonderful charity that provides essential support to people who have Spinal Cord Injury.

Outer Temple Chambers will be cheering on Andrew Short KC when he swims across the English Channel in August to raise £15,000 for Aspire

He swam about 35km. It sounds like a wild feat, but Andrew had been training hard for a few months before the swim. His family members, friends and colleagues also showed great endurance as he has talked incessantly about his plans for nutrition and the condition of his rotator cuff.  He was accompanied by a small boat with a specialist pilot and a support crew of two who promised to make sure he stayed alive and followed the rules – no wetsuit and no touching the boat – in a freezing cold sea full of sewage. They had even promised to give him a lift back – but only if he actually made it to the beach. Otherwise, he may have had to swim back (so, onward was the only option really).

With the weather and sea conditions being favourable, and all going well, this epic challenge took place on 10th August. Andrew swam for a total of 15 hours and 49 minutes from Shakespeare’s Beach to Wissant!

About Aspire

Aspire provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, supporting them after injury to regain their independence. Through their services, people receive support to adapt their accommodation or find accessible alternatives, as well as temporary accessible housing if needed, support with Assistive Technology to help them continue to live a full life, and advice on welfare benefits and employment. They also provide emotional support and advice to newly injured and those in Spinal Injury Centres. Their work is key to so many Spinal Cord Injury sufferers and every donation will help ensure that this work continues.


To support Andrew raise his target of £15,000 for Aspire via JustGiving please click here.

Find out more

Andrew Short KC is a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, specialising in pensionsemployment, and general commercial work. He is one of the most highly recommended silks in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and was nominated for Barrister of the Year 2023 by The Lawyer.

Events, News 11 Aug, 2023


Andrew Short KC

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