Taken from my JustGiving page – https://www.justgiving.com/patrickJPRaspire
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Starting in September I’ll be swimming 22 miles – the equivalent of swimming across the English Channel – to raise money for people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.
Every eight hours someone is paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury. It can happen to anyone at any time, and there is currently no cure. Every pound that I raise means that Aspire can provide practical help to a spinal injured person, allowing them to live a more independent life, so please donate as much as you can and help make a difference.
Although I’m a swimmer, this is still a challenge, but to make it ever harder for myself I plan to swim 1 mile per day over 22 days in 22 different local pools. I suspect that this will be a logistics challenge as much as a swimming one.
I’m also working with Aspire to help raise the profile of this event, but will be doing the challenge and hoping to raise money as a regular participant.
I’d be grateful for your support.
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Aspire does great work, so I’d love your support.
But as I mentioned, I’m also working with them to raise the profile of this event to pools and leisure centres. If you want to persuade your local pool to get more involved in the challenge please let me know (you can do it without their direct involvement though – just swim!).
I’m aware that many people raise money when they are doing challenges like this. It seems a great fit: the fact that people are donating money is an extra motivation for the participant; while for the donators, it’s a good reason to give and gives them a reason to put their hands in their pockets.
The British seem particularly good at this kind of giving – as the recent and tragic story of Claire Squires shows.
While I’m happy to support charities and I think that the generosity that is shown is amazing, it can still sit very uncomfortably with me.
In particular it is the exotic or complex challenges, which are done for charity that annoy me the most. I’m sure that many good causes gain a huge amount of funds and exposure from organising a trek through the Andes, or a skydive event, but it always feels like I’m paying for the holiday or experience of the participant.
From a personal point of view, the reason I do these things is for me. Pure and simple (and possibly very selfishly). I don’t need the extra motivation of raising money for charity and any charity money I raise is not likely to help me finish that extra mile, I’ll do that (or not) through my own will power and determination. Whether I’m sponsored or not, I’m gonna (try to) swim Windermere.
Having said all of that, I have decided to set up a JustGiving page, because .. well .. mainly because some people just want to give to these things and who am I to stop them.
So, if you’re one of those people you can go here and donate some money to Water Aid or Sport Relief. The people that receive your donation will be very grateful and you can be proud that you have done a good thing.
However, please don’t feel obliged to do so and more importantly, please don’t feel that you have in any way inspired me. I’m doing this anyway.