Raising the money
The fundraising is as big a part of the Aspire Channel Swim as the swimming and it can be as much fun too!
All the money you raise will help people with spinal cord injuries to live lives of opportunity, choice and independence. Whether you help provide a lightweight wheelchair so someone can go out with their friends or a piece of assistive technology so someone can get back to work, you will be making a huge difference to someone's life!
Our top tips:
Just Giving is the online sponsorship form that involves everyone with your challenge. To set one up, log into your Swim account and click the 'Create a JustGiving page' link. Follow the simple instructions and you will have a page in minutes. This will then be linked to your Aspire Channel Swim profile and you can send your unique web address out to friends and family to start collecting sponsorship.
Use sponsorship forms too
There are always some people who you won't reach via JustGiving. Print out a paper sponsorship form and pass it round your friends, family and colleagues to bring in that valuable extra cash.
Don't be shy!
When you do the Aspire Channel Swim, you're taking on a real challenge and raising money for life changing support and equipment. Tell people about what you're doing, and ask with pride. You're doing a great thing!
Download custom Aspire Channel Swim graphics
Enhance your online fundraising pages and social networking sites with the follow images:
Right-click on each link below, click 'Save Link As' and save to your PC.
Tell all your friends
Spread the word about what you are doing by posting about your Challenge on Facebook or Tweeting about it on Twitter. Please join us on Facebook and Twitter as we will provide extra Fundraising and Swimming Tips, plus you get to meet and talk to other swimmers.
Send everyone an email
Sending your friends an email with the link to your Aspire Channel Swim page is a great way to tell them about your challenge and ask for sponsorship.
Holding a cake sale or a pub quiz can be a great way to boost your total and tell people about the amazing work Aspire does. If you're thinking of running an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us all about it.
Share the Aspire Swim Video
Unlock extra sponsorship by telling people exactly what you're doing and how your fundraising will help. Send the Aspire Swim Video to all your contacts by email and post it on Facebook and Twitter.
When you have finished fundraising
When you have completed your swim please send your sponsorship monies, record card and sponsorship form/s to Aspire Channel Swim, Freepost NW4845, Stanmore, HA7 4BR.
If you are one of our top fundraisers, you could also win a prize. Click here to view prizes on offer.
To help you make the most of your challenge, we have provided a few tips in the documents below.
All the money you raise will go towards helping people with spinal cord injuries enjoy more opportunity, choice and independence. From all the team at Aspire, thank you!
Steve was paralysed in a road traffic accident:
“Aspire Grants helped pay for a lightweight wheelchair that really meets my needs... It has made such a difference – in the NHS chair there were doors in the house that I couldn't get through... Things like that just aren't a problem anymore.”
Steve, Aspire Grants Beneficiary
Download Aspire custom graphics to use on your JustGiving page or own website.
Right-click on each link below and click 'Save Link As' and save to your PC.
(for use on your own web site)
Instructions for uploading these images onto your page will be shown on the JustGiving website.