Every four hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury, and no one is ever prepared for how it will change their life. The money you raise by taking part in the Aspire Channel Swim will help spinal injured people to live their lives independently.

This year, Aspire Channel Swimmers will help fund our essential Welfare Benefits Advice Service to ensure that people receive the benefits that they’re entitled to, our Assistive Technology Programme which allows anyone, regardless of the level of their spinal cord injury, to use a computer independently, and our Independent Living Advisors so that newly injured patients have someone to speak to.

Aspire receives no government funding, so every penny you raise is extremely important to us.

Here’s what your money could help buy:

£50 – adjustable furniture raisers so beds and chairs in one of our properties can be set to the correct level for someone with a spinal injury

£150 – an Independent Living Advisor to spend a day in a spinal injury centre offering one-to –one advice and support to newly injured patients

£500 – will provide a thermostatic temperature controlled shower in an Aspire House to ensure that no one gets burnt, as spinal cord injured people are not able to feel how hot the water is against their skin.

£1,000 – A rise-and-fall sink or hob in one of our houses, allowing a wheelchair user to access them

£3,000 – will allow us to laminate the floors for easier movement around an Aspire property.

The money our Aspire Channel Swimmers raise in this year’s challenge will directly help those affected by spinal cord injuries – we can’t do it without you! 

Click here to read about how our past Aspire Channel Swimmers helped change Rowena’s life.

And for some tips and tricks on how to boost your fundraising, please click here.

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