DEDICATED businessman Simon Armstrong is pushing his body to the limits to raise awareness of the challenges faced by deafblind people.
Simon, 44, from Midhurst, is raising £15,000 for the charity Sense, which supports children and adults who are both deaf and blind.
He is taking on a series of punishing sports challenges that involve swimming, climbing and trekking to reach his fundraising target by the end of 2014.
“The charity does such an incredible job, and as a trustee of Sense, I get to see the amazing work they do,” he said.
“I thought I had better get off my backside and do something to help.
“I get to raise money, keep fit and lose a bit of weight in the process.
“The target is £15,000 – that’s the sort of money they need.
“I’m on around £9,000 at the moment.”
Simon will be embarking on two challenges in September, his first - the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge, which will see him climbing for 12 hours a day, for two consecutive days. Before he has time to recover, next week he will swim 1,500 metres across the English Channel.
Simon’s first challenge in July was the ‘black ink’ swim, swimming 2.2km upstream in the River Thames in the middle of the night.
He chose to swim in total darkness, unable to see: “This was the worst challenge, so I got it out of the way.”
Simon runs Saltus Investment Managers, which sponsors sports clubs around the area including Fernhurst cricket club and Midhurst rugby club.
In between running his business from offices in Chichester and London, he manages to squeeze in training before work.
He is now keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved and help raise money for the charity.
To sponsor Simon see his Just Giving page Just Giving
For more details about Sense, visit the website www.sense.org.uk