Take up a new Challenge this Autumn - The Aspire Channel Swim 2017 !

August 29 2017

Perdiswell Leisure Centre takes on the Channel to help people with Spinal Cord Injury

Perdiswell is encouraging everyone in the local area to take on the Aspire Channel Swim in their pool this September to raise vital funds for Spinal Cord Injury charity Aspire.

 The 12 week challenge involves participants swimming 22 miles (the distance of the English Channel) in their local pools in their own time to raise money for Aspire and people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

The Aspire Channel Swim kicks off on 11th September at Perdiswell until 4th December. Aspire are  offering fantastic prizes for fundraisers including a medal, swimming goggles, poolside backpack and a bespoke swim hat.

 As well as great prizes, previous participants have raved about the long-lasting health and fitness benefits of taking on the challenge. Vanessa Bale, Aquatic Development Manager at Perdiswell, said: “with regular swimming time in the Pool you will improve you posture, balance, flexibility and cholesterol levels.

Last year, Aspire Channel Swimmers raised over £580,000 to support Aspire’s services: Aspire Housing, Assistive Technology, Independent Living Advisors and Aspire Grants.

Every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury; it can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. They receive no government funding so every penny the Aspire Channel Swimmers raise is essential to continuing Aspire’s vital services.

 Kathryn Boyd, Event manager for the Aspire Channel Swim, said: “Aspire Channel Swimmers truly are amazing. Fewer people have swum the Channel than conquered Everest, yet every year thousands of people take on 22 miles over 12 weeks in their own pools. It’s an incredible achievement and one that helps support hundreds of Spinal Cord Injured people every year.”

 Join thousands of other swimmers in raising funds to ensure everyone with a spinal cord injury has the opportunity to live an independent and fulfilled life. Sign up on our website www.aspirechannelswim.org.uk or if you would like more information on the challenge get in touch at swim@aspire.org.uk or call 0800 0370 880.

 You can also call Perdiswell direct to find more about; this on 01905 457189 or email Worcester.swimschool@freedom-leisure.co.uk