Irene has raised over £1,000 to support people with Spinal Cord Injury

I signed up to the Aspire Channel Swim because I have been a member of the Aspire Leisure Centre for 15 years and so I have seen many people with spinal cord injuries who come to use the Centre.

I try to come at least three times a week but I don’t just swim; I do the seated exercise on Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as Aqua Therapy and Aqua Calm.  I enjoy being a member because the Centre has easy access to all areas for disabled people and it’s a great way to make new friends, whilst trying to do the best I possibly can.


My swimming experience is basic.  I enjoy swimming but this is a very big challenge for me as I’ve never done anything like this before.   I’m hoping to complete the Swim by 2nd December, but I missed the first two 2 weeks because I was not well enough to swim.  Over the 12 weeks, I’m hoping to get fitter and a bit more movement in my legs.

Fundraising is interesting, but not easy.  When I ask for donations I try to promote Aspire Leisure Centre and Aspire because of the great work they do for people with all types of disabilities.  It means a lot to me to raise money to help people with Spinal Cord Injury because it can happen to anyone - you don’t know what the future holds.

Click here to sponsor Irene 

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