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Rob Starr, raising funds for the Starr Trust with a sponsored channel swim [coming up in July] has been training hard. You may have seen Rob ploughing a lonely furrow through the waves off Brighton beach in all weathers.Today is Rob's birthday, and to celebrate and help raise awareness of the work the Starr Trust does in supporting children's charities both in Brighton and internationally, he got to swim with the sharks at the Sea Life Centre. Possibly his toughest bit of training yet! But then Rob is nothing if not courageous - he wanted to do something to fundraise, and as he says: "It was either a channel swim or climb Everest, but Everest would have killed me, so the channel it was. But first I had to learn to swim…" After a crowd of well wishers, friends and sponsors watched Rob chance not only his arms, but legs and the rest of his body with the sharks, everyone repaired to the Terraces Bar and Grill for a hearty breakfast, including special shark shaped birthday cupcakes.

To find out more about Rob, his channel swim and the Starr Trust and perhaps even get involved go to www.swimforsmiles.co.uk

And what did the sharks think? Perhaps that this will help people realise they are a usually friendly, much maligned, endangered species.
And to see the sharks and other wonderful sea creatures Rob Swam with swam take a trip to the fabulous Sea Life Centre

All photos ©Julia Claxton. Copies can be purchased for personal use through this website, for press and commercial use please contact photographer. Profits from sales to The Starr Trust
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