Our Fundraiser of the Month for July is Phil Cooper (second from left) who, as part of the Aspire Starfish Relay Team, successfully swam the English Channel raising over £7,000!

Phil says, “On Wednesday 2nd July, 11.00pm, Aspire Team Starfish set off from the hallowed Shakespeare Beach by Dover Harbour bound for France on boat ‘Suva’.  Swimming the English Channel proved as tough as expected, especially swimming in total darkness for the first 3 or 4 hours which though anticipated, was a sharp learning curve for both myself and the team! Many hours in Dover Harbour training, with water temperatures circa 14 degrees, thousands and thousands of metres in the pool, sea, rivers and lakes had led us to this point, and a fundraising total of over £15,000 meant getting to the other side was the only option. Just over 15hrs later we set foot on French soil on the beautiful Wissant Beach to complete our swim.

I know I speak for the other members of our wonderful team, Kerry, Mini, Jo, Ian, David and our much loved boat guvnor ‘Kaptain’ Kay, when I say it was simply one of the best experiences of our lives, it really was, and as part of the channel swimming ‘club’ now.... I think we’ve all made friends for life and enjoyed something very special.

At the forefront of our wonderful adventure was of course the fact we were all helping this fantastic charity and people with life changing spinal injuries.... I count myself personally very lucky to have so much support via some considerable donations, at a time when times are hard for most, that have helped raise such a substantial team total to support Aspire.... So thanks to you all!”

If you are interested in being part of an Aspire Relay team in 2015, or would like to take part in a challenge to raise money for Aspire, please contact Hannah Wyatt on 020 8420 6731 or email hannah.wyatt@aspire.org.uk

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