Founded in 1982, Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

Aspire exists because there is currently no cure. Historically, the majority of spinal cord injuries have been sustained by those aged 21 to 30, with nearly three quarters of newly injured people being male, although increasingly it is affecting older people too.  Through its projects and programmes, Aspire offers practical support to the 40,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK so that they can lead fulfilled and independent lives in their homes, with their families, in work places and in leisure time.

Each year, Aspire host one of the UK’s largest charity swims (they’re hoping for 7,000 participants this year) where participants from all across the country swim the length of the English Channel (that’s 22 miles!) in just 12 weeks – in their own pool, in their own way.

This year, it’s all about the people taking part; empowering them to achieve things they didn’t think they could.

The challenge starts in September so they’re just kicking off the campaign now to raise awareness and get people signing up. For more information, take a look at their first press release here.

If you are interested in taking part or can think of anyone that might be, please pass this information on.  You can sign up, free, for the event here.