Anka is our top fundraiser, having raised £2,201!
In 2019 I started swimming regularly and joined friends doing the Henley Club to Pub swim. I was looking for another swimming challenge that autumn and came across the Aspire Channel Swim on Facebook. I really enjoyed it, and I also took part last year, although I didn’t find the energy to make much of a fundraising effort in semi-lockdown. This year, having decided to take part for the third year in a row, I thought I should make more effort for such a phenomenal charity.
I really enjoy swimming, especially outdoors at the historic Chesham Moor pool, and find it not only great exercise but it also gives me time to clear my head, resolve any issues at work that I can’t quite fathom out and best of all, no mobile phone can follow me!
I am not a swimmer at all, never having swum competitively, but have always enjoyed it. I did really miss swimming during lockdown and I was thankful when Chesham was able to reopen slightly earlier as it was outdoors, but understandably it was incredibly popular so not always easy to book at times when I could make it. I think that period has really made me appreciate getting back to swimming with much greater freedom now!
I don’t find it hard to ask people to sponsor me, either at work or friends. It is a great story and a wonderful charity which, although I haven’t had a personal connection to in the past, has great resonance for me as I think I take my physical freedoms for granted sometimes and my family and I enjoy sports that also run the risk of suffering such catastrophic and life changing injuries.
The appeal for me is that Aspire offers such practical help to try and enable people to regain their independence at home where at all possible.
I am delighted to have raised over £2,000, especially as my employer Aon will be donating an additional 50% of my final fundraising total through match giving.