In total there are eight members of the family taking part here: myself, my wife Ethel, our children Sarah, Matthew and Phillip and their spouses Bobby, Chloe and Rosalie.

Commodore Laurie Brokenshire, former Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh

The swim is being generously supported by Royal Marines Tamar and will start at Fowey Harbour at dawn. The family hope to reach Plymouth before sunset.  

Born in Stoke, Cdre Brokenshire is a former pupil of Devonport High School for Boys and studied for his first degree at Exeter University.  

He spent 30 years in the Royal Navy as a submariner and was Commodore of HMS Raleigh from 2000 to 2003 before heading-up the UK Sea Cadet Corps.  

He and his wife, who was a WREN, were followed into the Royal Navy by his daughter Sarah, who is still serving, and son Matthew, who has recently left the Royal Marines.

Cdre Brokenshire is a committed Christian, so many are not only praying for this swim but, more importantly, for him to be healed from the brain cancer. 

He is a former RN Chess Champion and is still the President of the Combined Services Chess Association.  

His other achievements include magically entertaining royalty, being a Life Member of The Magic Circle, cycling with Ethel more than once around the World, fostering 68 children, and counting, being a Mensa member (Number 86) and owner of one of the biggest collections of puzzles in the world.

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