Every eight 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 fund dozens of Aspire Grants, which help fund wheelchairs, sports equipment and assistive technology. You’ll also help fund our essential Welfare Benefits Advice Service to ensure that people receive the benefits that they’re entitled to 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 can be set top 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

£450 – SmartNav technology which allows someone with a high-level injury to operate a computer without the use of their hands

£750 – A laptop and accessible bed table for someone in hospital so that they can stay in touch with friends and family

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

£3,000 – A made-to-measure lightweight wheelchair to give someone with a spinal injury the freedom of being able to travel without assistance.

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.