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What is Aspire?

Aspire is a charity that exists because there is no cure for spinal cord injury. Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by spinal cord injury. By taking part in the Aspire Channel Swim, your fundraising is helping to provide practical support so people with spinal cord injuries can lead active and independent lives.

What happens once I have registered?

Once you have registered for the Aspire Channel Swim you will receive a welcome pack, which will contain your official Aspire Channel Swim hat and sponsorship form. You will also get a booklet jam packed with swimming and fundraising tips, your record card, and information about Aspire.

Do I/we have to complete the 22 miles in one session?

The challenge is designed so each team or individual has control over their own swimming. You can swim the distance in one day or break it down into regular sessions over the twelve weeks of the challenge.

Do I need to get my record card signed?

You do not need to get your record card signed by your local pool. Use your record card to note your lengths each time you swim and return to Aspire as proof you have finished the swim. If you would like to get your lengths verified and your pool is happy to do so then please do.

How many lengths do I have to swim in my local pool?

Please click here to use our handy calculator to work out the lengths you will need

Do I need to let Aspire know if I cannot finish the distance?

We keep in touch with our swimmers throughout the challenge with letters and emails, so please let us know if you cannot complete the challenge.

Can we add a team member?

You can add team members throughout the challenge. Please contact us if you wish to do so and we will send you the relevant paperwork.

Can I use my local pool for free?

Unfortunately Aspire has no control over admission prices at participating pools across the country. We advise that individuals and teams approach their local pool with regard to any monetary matters.

How long do I have to do the Swim?

The Aspire Channel Swim runs for 12 weeks, but we know that you might be a little quicker or need a bit more time than this.

Can I get more sponsorship forms or record cards?

If you need any extra sponsorship forms or record cards please contact a member of the fundraising team on freephone 0800 0370 880 or email Alternatively, go to our Raising the Money page to download additional sponsorship forms and record cards.

Who do I make my cheque payable to and where should I send it?

All cheques should be made payable to Aspire and sent to the freepost address below:

Aspire Channel Swim
Freepost NW4845

You can also donate via credit/debit card over the phone by calling freephone 0800 0370 880.

When do I need to send/collect my sponsorship?

Once you have finished your challenge you should start collecting your sponsorship pledges. Once you have collected in the money please send it to Aspire with your record card and sponsorship form/s and we will replace them with your 'I swam the Channel' Certificate and any incentive prizes.

What is JustGiving?

JustGiving is a separate website to the Aspire Channel Swim which enables you to set up an electronic sponsorship form. You can email the link to this sponsorship form round to all your friends and family to ask them to sponsor you and you can share your fundraising and swimming updates on Facebook and Twitter.

You should have automatically been created a Just Giving page when you registered, but if you still need to set one up just click on the 'Create a Just Giving page' link in your profile.


  1. We do not store credit card details nor do we share customer details with any 3rd parties
  2. All donations are non-refundable
  3. Minimum donation of £28
  4. Contact address:
    Aspire National Training Centre
    Wood Lane
    HA7 4AP
    United Kingdom

    Contact email:
    Contact phone: 0800 037 0880

“I kept passing the sign in my local swimming pool and thought 'I could do that'. Fear of the challenge held me back for a little bit, but then I realised that's silly. Next time I passed, I thought 'why not?'. So I'm doing it and thoroughly enjoying it!”

Lin, Aspire Channel Swim Participant


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