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Conor's aspiration charity swim

Inspired by Aspire's 'Swim the Channel Challenge' in 12 weeks, nine-year-old Conor Bolton was determined to complete the 22-mile challenge and raise funds for the charity.

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Adam Davey sets his sights on completing Channel Swim

ADAM Peaty may have inspired the nation with his world record and gold medal in 100 metres breaststroke at the Rio Olympic games but it is Holsworthy’s Adam Davey who is the one to watch out for.

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‘Amazing act of friendship’ for swimmer

When a South Mimms swimmer was unable to take part in a challenge because of a cancer diagnosis, his friend stepped in to save the day.

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Back on the road with baby after horror motorbike crash

A man who was paralysed from the chest down in a motorbike accident is on the road again, with his first child – proof that nothing can stop him from living a full life.

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VIDEO: Aspire launches its 17th annual Channel Swim Challenge

Today, national spinal injury charity Aspire will be launching its 2016 annual fundraising challenge to raise money for people paralysed by spinal cord injuries.

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Lily's swim for disabled dad

A 10-year-old girl whose dad was paralysed in a tobogganing accident is preparing to swim the length of the channel to raise money for disabled people.

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"I collapsed at work and woke up paralysed"

Grant recipient Gavin was helped by Aspire and now wants to write a book about his experience living with Spinal Cord Injury

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Paralysed Bideford diver takes on cross-country ride

Bideford man left paralysed after diving incident is planning a cross-country cycle ride for the charity Aspire which helped him.

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Swaffham minister swaps pulpit for pool in charity Channel challenge

For many, swimming the English Channel is a once in a lifetime challenge. But one clergywoman has already covered the 22 mile distance 12 times and is now gearing up for swim number 13.

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Spinal victim celebrates birth of baby girl and a more mobile life

A motorcyclist left paralysed from the chest down after an accident has celebrated the birth of a baby girl and become more mobile thanks to Aspire's help.

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Man swims 22 miles for friend diagnosed with cancer

A man will swim the 22 miles of the Aspire Channel Swim in place of his best friend from St Albans – but in Albany, New York.

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Aspire Grant recipient back on the road with baby after horror motorbike crash

A man who was paralysed from the chest down in a motorbike accident is on the road again, with his first child – proof that nothing can stop him from living a full life.

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Bideford man paralysed in diving accident takes on epic challenge

A man who was left paralysed after his spine was crushed in a diving accident is bouncing back by taking on a challenge to hand cycle the entire width of the UK for Aspire

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Harpenden man ‘swimming Channel’ to help spinal cord charity

"I wanted to give something to people who need help to get back to living a great life...I know that to some people who swim a lot, that this doesn't seem like far but for someone who hasn't swam much since his mid-teenage years it is going to take some time to get into the swing, or stroke of it."

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Man swims distance of the Channel for charity

Tom, who hasn’t swum a length in 14 years, is going to swim the distance of the Channel. “After seeing what Aspire did for people, I wanted to try and do more for them, and raise as much money as possible."

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Paralysis won't stop exercise fan from completing the coast to coast challenge (page 94-96)

After resurfacing too quickly from a deep dive, Simon got the bends and his spinal cord was crushed leaving his legs with little movement. Now he is planning a cross country hand cycling challenge to raise money for Aspire which helped him become more mobile again.

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I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE. Fit and healthy RSPCA inspector left paralysed after suffering from a cricked neck at work

Caroline was helped by Aspire thanks to money generated from its annual fundraising event. Scans showed she had a birth defect which she had never known about – the blood vessels around her spine had not joined up properly and one of them had burst, causing spinal damage.

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Paralysed woman, 38, says she is 'unbelievably lucky' after partial recovery

A BOLTON woman said she has been on a “roller coaster journey” after she was left paralysed following a spinal stroke. She has been able to regain her independence with the help of charity Aspire who gave her a mobility scooter to move around.

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Woman Wakes Up Paralysed After Feeling A Crick In Her Neck

Caroline Hall felt a sharp pain in her neck as she bent down one day at work.

The next day, the 38-year-old RSPCA inspector from Bolton, Lancashire, woke up paralysed, unable to move or feel anything below her head.

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RSPCA inspector left paralysed after suffering a cricked neck at work

In August 2014 she was given a scooter by Aspire, a charity which supports people with spinal injuries, which she said has changed her life and made her much more independent.

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Woman who thought she had a cricked neck fell into a coma and woke up PARALYSED after suffering a spinal stroke

Caroline Hall believed she had pulled a muscle and felt intense pain shortly after bending over to pick something off the ground at work.

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Woman who couldn't eat for EIGHT MONTHS due to illness was miraculously cured after THIS

A WOMAN who was struck down by a crippling digestive condition and told by doctors she couldn’t eat solid foods miraculously recovered after swimming the length of the Channel.

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Woman Whose Ulcerative Colitis Stopped Her From Eating Solids For 8 Months Claims Swimming Cured Her

A woman who was struck down by a terrible digestive condition has told of how she believes swimming helped cure her.

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