Sussex independent builders merchant Chandlers Building Supplies sent Lewes branch manager Tim Parsons off to swim with sharks earlier this month on the condition that he raised money for charity.
Chandlers are running a programme called Chandlers Champion, which helps employees and customers raise money for charity.
Parsons did his dive at Chester’s Blue Planet aquarium, which is home to Europe’s largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks. The largest shark was 10 foot long, weighed in at 26 stone and had a mouth full of over 250 teeth,
He raised over £250 for a charity he set up in 2008 called Project Zambia. Initially he raised money to take a football team across Africa in order to raise AIDS awareness by asking all African players to take an AIDS test before they could play in the tournament.
They continued to raise money after leaving Zambia and have subsequently set up an orphans’ feeding station, built a toilet block for a local school and built a house for a 16 year old and his two siblings whose parents had died from AIDS.
Parsons said: “Swimming with sharks was on my list of things to do before I die. I am always looking for a new and different way to raise money for Project Zambia and this was the perfect way to do it.”