Dagenham charity swim aims to raise funds for spinal injury charity
PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 September 2018
Communities across Barking and Dagenham are being encouraged to swim the length of the English Channel to raise funds to support spinal cord injury charity, Aspire.
Abbey Leisure Centre and Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, which are operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Barking and Dagenham Council, are encouraging local people to sign up to the Channel Swim Challenge.
Starting on September 10, participants will have 12 weeks to swim a total of 22 miles, the distance of the English Channel.
Event manager for the Aspire Channel Swim, Kathryn Boyd said: “Fewer people have swum the Channel than conquered Everest, yet every year thousands of people take on 22 miles over 12 weeks in pools across the country. It’s an incredible achievement and one that helps support hundreds of spinal cord injured people every year.”
Last year, more than 6,500 Aspire Channel Swimmers raised a total of £625,000, this year it hopes to raise more than £800,000.