I’m Pete Windridge-France, aged 37 and originally from Manchester.
I live in Leeds with my wife Sarah, and my 3 kids – Archie, Jem and Scarlett. My eldest lad Archie is 7 years old and has global developmental delay which means that he is mentally about 10 months old, and so can’t walk or talk. However, he is particularly brilliant at smiling, laughing and banging things together repeatedly!!
Archie goes to a special needs school (known as a SILC unit - Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre) in Leeds called Penny Field. The guys and girls at Penny Field are brilliant, but could always use more funds for equipment for the kids (standing & walking frames to get them up and about, or sensory equipment to get those brain synapses firing!!).
I love swimming, but I’m no expert. Despite this, I reckon that raising money for Penny Fields to say thanks for all their good work is the least I can do. I thought swimming the Channel would be easy. Maybe it’s because David Walliams made it look easy! I am now finding about that it isn’t going to be easy.
Follow my journey through pain, back operations, jellyfish and waves until I get to France!
Please look around the site and please leave comments and ask me any questions you want!