Salisbury solicitor makes a splash on the south coast

Salisbury solicitor makes a splash on the south coast

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 5:56am 29th August 2019.

3 minute read

Family law specialist Andrew Mercer has taken part in a relay team to swim the English Channel

Andrew, who works for Trethowans in Salisbury, joined special fundraising attempt for the charity Aspire which helps people with spinal cord injury.

It was Andrew's second relay channel swim, although the last one was 38 years ago! 

In 1981, he was a member of the Dover Life Guard team that swam the Channel, taking the mixed relay World record in a time of 7 hours and 17 minutes. The team still holds the record today.

Following a health scare two years ago Andrew decided to get back into swimming and open swimming particularly.

Andrew Mercer Trethowans
Andrew Mercer works at Trethowans based on London Road.


Andrew and his team mates put in plenty of training including at Ellingham Lake in the New Forest.

"Training was full on - in both sea and lake. We endured a real mixture of conditions - from 22 degree luxury at Ellingham Lake to the near on impossible swell and rollers at Sandbanks."

"As a team we completed a very hard training programme, and the only thing that could possibly have stopped us was the weather. Luckily, the elements were relatively kind to us, and we came through. "

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Andrew and his fellow relay swimmers.


Andrew explained why he chose to support the charity which he describes as a "very worthy cause."

"Aspire does vital work supporting those who have had the misfortune to suffer a spinal cord injury. The charity enables people to get in with their home and work lives -  as well as be able to enjoy recreation and sport. 

This was an incredible challenge for all concerned, and we're thrilled to have reached the French coast fully intact. Sadly, those who suffer spinal cord injuries are not so lucky."

Andrew Mercer
Andrew (second left) and the rest of Team Lions after finishing the 22 mile swim.

Team Lions have already raised more than £3,000

You an show your support for via Andrew's Just Giving page.


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