Student entrepreneur to swim the Channel

Aston University student Ben Brophy will be attempting to swim more than 17 hours non-stop, through the busiest shipping lane in the world with over 600 ships per day. The challenge involves swimming across the Strait of Dover (between Dover and Calais) in water temperatures of 15 to 18 degrees Celsius.

He is also a budding entrepreneur in the process of setting up his own company Zonein LTD with support from the BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability) programme at Aston University.

Ben decided to under take the challenge in memory his father who sadly passed away to a form of blood cancer, ten years ago. Ben has raised over £2,450 and aspires to raise £10,000 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Research UK, and welcomes donations via

Ben has undergone two years of intensive training in preparation for the swim, taking place between August 27th and September the 3rd. Ben’s training has seen him swimming in freezing waters, at night, in lakes and the open sea, he has even has training sessions called off due to storms.

“My decision to participate is in tribute to my late father, Lee Brophy, and I want to do what I can to prevent other people having to go through a similar experience to what I did at such a young age.

 I have found the training challenging and rewarding and my biggest motivation has been the overwhelming support I have received from my family, friends and sponsors, including Aston University.” Ben Brophy.

 Ben’s next big challenge will be establishing his company Zonein which specialises in branded goods and corporate wear. He has recently joined the BSEEN programme and received intensive start-up support including training, mentoring, a business grant and office space to get his venture off the ground.

 For daily challenge updates visit his Facebook page at, or follow on twitter @brophyschannel. Ben also keeps a blog at

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