See Entries in Section One

See Entries in Section Two

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Examples of Entries


As part of raising funds for two very worthy causes we intend to create a most fantastic Book that will be auctioned at the end of the swim to raise further money for the charities. The finished Book will be beautifully bound in leather and will be a testimony to the generosity and love of the sponsors for their fellow man for many years to come. The sections of the Book will include; Royal families from around the world, presidents, politicans, corporate leaders, stars from stage and screen, singers, writers, sports men and women, groups of people and , of course, in Section One; anyone who has made a sponsorship donation of £1,000 or more. Quite naturally, we are hoping that all our contributors will want to appear in Section One.

All entries must be made on our forms and submitted in pairs which is why the template has two entry forms. The second forms will be similarly bound and kept as a reference copy, to be deposited with the British Library. The completed entries should be sent to; Teddington to Calais 2012, The Poolhouse, 6 Deards End Lane, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6NL. If a sponsorship donation has been, or is being, made but is not being sent with the entry, a reference to the sponsorship donation giving details of method, date and amount should be included so the entry and sponsorship donation can be matched. If a pledge is being made, simply state the amount when submitting the entry.

In all cases, please remember to include your contact references. (Of course these will remain strictly confidential and not shared with any third parties.)

Here are the guidelines;

The Book of 'People of Our Time' will comprise two sections;


Section One; Minimum sponsorship donation of £1,000

  • Donations may come from;
    • One person.
    • A group of people, team or club.
    • An incorporated or unincorporated company.
    • Anywhere in the World.
  • Where the sponsor wishes to remain anonymous, that is fine.
    • The anonymous sponsor can sign, “Anonymous” so no clue is given to his/her identity.
    • The anonymous sponsor may also, if they qualify, have their normal signature appear in Section Two of the Book so readers do not know whether or not they have made a donation.
  • Entries in the Book must be in the format available from this website or on one of the preformatted, personalized stickers available upon request.
  • Where a group, team, club or company is sponsoring the swim, the only limit to the only limit to the number of signatures to the donation is the space available on the entry form.
  • Entries with pledges will be accepted but only once the pledge has been converted to a donation will the entry be added to the book.
  • Entries may be accompanied by;
    • The sponsor's name/s. (This could be, for example, an individual, a football team, a company of actors, a Rotary Club, a family or group of friends.)
    • The sponsor's logo, coat of arms or national flag.
    • A goodwill message for the swim.
  • A sponsor can appear twice – as part of a team, club or company sponsor, and also as an individual sponsor - but each entry is subject to the sponsorship minimum.
  • If an individual wants their entry to appear in the Book but is unable to personally sponsor a minimum of £1,000, they may do so by collecting money from other sponsors but must acknowledge the fact under their entry by stating something like, “On behalf of neighbours, friends and relatives.”

    The size of donations will not appear in the Book or on the website but the introduction page will state the total amount raised from the people/organisations whose names appear therein.
  • When finally bound, the entries will appear in order of highest sponsorship donation at the front.
  • At any time before the Book is finally assembled for being bound in leather, a supplementary sponsorship donation may be submitted to bring a sponsor's position in the book further to the front.
  • If the Book is as successful as we hope, it may need to be split into two or more volumes



The reason for this section is threefold; We want to attract entries from people who may wish to protect themselves from other fundraisers who may subsequently see them as fair targets for sponsorship approaches. Secondly; there are people who may be happy to support this project with their entry but despite public perception may not have the liquidity to make the minimum donation for Section One. And finally; Some people who are known to the wider public may simply do not wish to make a donation as they already support another charity or simply do not wish to make a donation for reasons best known to themselves. There will be no way of knowing whether names in this section have made a sponsorship donation or not.

The guidelines are the same as for Section One except that;

  • A donation MAY or MAY NOT have been made.
  • Entries in this section of the Book will be in alphabetical order.
  • Entrie in this section are for people whose name alone will enhance the value of the Book.
  • In Section Two it is at solely at our discretion whether or not to include an autograph.


Two copies of the Book will be produced. One copy will be auctioned and the proceeds will go to the charities per the details on the website. The other copy is intended to be donated to the British Library as an enduring record.