Scott’s Isle of Wight swim challenge

22nd June 2016

Splash out on a ticket for a charity dinner on board HMS Victory next month and you can support a marathon swimmer in his fight against meningitis

Scott IoW Swim

Southampton dad of two, Scott Dawson, 37, who had meningitis as a baby, is taking on the extreme challenge of swimming non-stop the 60 miles around the Isle of Wight.

Scott’s fundraising target is £30,000 for us and the Marine Conservation Society, both of which have great personal meaning. It is hoped that the fundraising dinner will go a long way to help him reach this target.

“I contracted meningitis when I was five months old,” Scott said, “and only mum and dad could tell you how they felt when I was given a 50/50 chance of survival.Thankfully I pulled through and my parents put me in a swimming pool as part of my rehabilitation.” 

Top swimmer and yachtsmen

Scott went on to compete internationally in swimming galas, before discovering a love of the sea and becoming an international yachtsman.

“Now I have a young family of my own and I can fully appreciate what my parents went through in hospital that night,” Scott added. I am lucky, and thanks to my wife Polly I now have two beautiful children, Matilda and Alfie, who are healthy and strong.”

Give something back

“I feel it is time to give something back and contribute to the vital lifesaving and life-changing work Meningitis Now carries out every day.”

Scott will take on his challenge in late August, making the most of the water temperature and tides, and the quieter seas. He aims to become only the fifth person to ever achieve the swim.

To support his efforts a few tickets for the HMS Victory dinner on Friday 15 July are still available and can be bought from the website. They cost from £95 per person to include a three-course dinner and a talk from guest speaker, International Yachtswoman Dee Caffari MBE, the first woman to have sailed single-handedly around the world in both directions . The event is supported by Hampshire-based catering company Vanilla Catering, who have backed Scott’s swim.

Scott’s fundraising also stands to benefit from a place on board the record-holding Leopard 3 during a dress rehearsal for the JP Morgan Round the Island race.

Round the Island race

One generous bidder will be invited to join skipper Mike Slade and his professional crew on Friday 1 July, departing and returning to Ocean Village, Southampton. All equipment will be provided. Send your bid to by midday on 26 June.

Mike said: “When we heard about Scott’s challenge to swim around the Isle of Wight, we did not hesitate to show our support. Scott’s preparation is very meticulous and his will to succeed is admirable. It will be a tremendous achievement and we wish him all the best.”

“I will be looking forward to welcoming the successful bidder on board Leopard for the day, and I am sure that our guest will have an experience to remember.”

For more information on Scott’s swim and to support him visit his website.