After Nick 's wife lost her fight with breast cancer last year, Nick was left to care for their two very young children. Whilst dealing with their grief and confusion as well as his own, he has raised money for the local Hospice and Cancer Research by competing in two open water swims, a half marathon and two triathlons. In August, in his biggest achievement so far, he completed a Solent swim from the Isle of Wight to the mainland, across a treacherous part of the Solent, raising £5000.00 for 'Simon Says' a local charity that supports children and young people in Hampshire who have a relative or friend who has died or is dying. The charity runs a telephone help-line, support groups and counselling, as well as offering advice and support to professionals working with bereaved children. To carry the Torch in 2012 would make Nick and his children the proudest ever.