Friends and colleagues of Midland windsurfing champion Julian King attended the official fund raising launch of the ‘Channel Charge 10’ initiative at Metro Bar & Grill.

Julian is one of four enthusiasts who are planning to windsurf and kitesurf across the 30 mile English Channel to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Supported by Stoford, the daring initiative – planned for later this summer – has already raised more than £2,000 towards their target of £10,000.

Julian, who is a property specialist with Barteak Developments, on Stratford Road, Shirley said: “It was a really successful evening and we would like to thank everyone for their generous support.

“The Channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes but we estimate it should take about two hours of flat out sailing with speeds of between 20-30 knots.

“We might even set a record,” he said.

Other team members include Fergus Backhouse, director of Kenilworth Carpets in Leamington; Charlie Toogood, who is the owner of The Camel Ski Club in Rock, Cornwall; Alexander Hill who is a student at Exeter University and Jay Rammage a surveyor from London. The challenge will be captured on camera by Henry Latham, originally from Worcestershire.

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L- r Fergus Backhouse, CC10; Jon Andrews, Stoford; Julian King, CC10 and Dave Brown, Stoford


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