Cross the Channel for Aspire whenever it suits you, and help people paralysed by spinal cord injury to live independent lives

Call us on 0800 0370 880

Email us swim@aspire.org.uk

Where the money goes

Every pound you raise helps

Justin Aspire is a national charity that works with people with spinal cord injuries to create opportunity, choice and independence. We provide accessible houses so that people leaving hospital have somewhere suitable. Our independent living advisors all have spinal cord injuries themselves and provide direct advice and support for newly injured people.

Aspire grants ensure that people have access to the essential equipment they need, such as lightweight wheelchairs. The Assistive Technology programme ensures that everyone can use a computer, even people with high level injuries who can't use their hands or arms.

Aspire ensures that everyone with a spinal cord injury has the opportunity to live an independent and fulfilled life. We receive no statutory funding, so every penny raised through the Aspire Channel Swim helps our vital work. Your fundraising is so important to us.

What your support could buy:

  • £100 will buy the duvets and pillows for one of our two bedroom adapted houses
  • £150 will pay for an Independent Living Advisor to spend a day in a spinal injury unit
  • £350 will buy SmartNav technology for a PC to enable someone with a high level spinal injury to use a computer
  • £700 will buy a laptop and an accessible bed table for a child in hospital so they can continue to study and stay connected to friends
  • £1,000 will provide a rise and fall hob or sink in one of our adapted houses
  • £2,500 will buy a made to measure lightweight wheelchair

You can visit our main Aspire website for more about what we do. But remember, when you're powering through those lengths you're not only doing yourself good, but you're also supporting a great cause and helping to change people's lives. We couldn't do our work without your fundraising, so thank you very much. We're so proud of you and we hope you're proud of yourselves too.

Darren Gray

“A few years ago I wanted a challenge to raise money for a charity and lose weight at the same time. A friend of mine suggested the Aspire Channel Swim. When I saw the work Aspire does and how it helps people with spinal cord injuries I knew that it was the perfect charity for me straight away.

“In 2004 Ali, a friend of mine, broke his neck playing rugby and was paralysed from the neck down. He never gave up hope of leading a normal life: doing things we take for granted had become a battle for him but he continued to push himself. He truly was inspirational. Sadly Ali passed away in 2008, but he really left his mark. He's why I do the Aspire Channel Swim.”

Darren, Aspire Channel Swim Participant