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Emilia Richards

Swim Serpentine 2018

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I’ve (somewhat rashly) decided to swim the Serpentine on 22 September! Full disclosure: I’ve entered the easiest category, the half mile race, but that still means I need to swim 800m non stop in a lake full of ducks. While wearing a wetsuit :/[/p][p]I’m hoping that by doing this I can raise money for two charities that are really close to my heart: the Stroke Association and RNIB.[/p][p]I’ve experienced first hand how amazing these organisations are. In January 2017, I had a stroke which damaged the occipital lobe of my brain. As a result I’m now partially sighted.[/p][p]On a personal level, the most valuable thing that these charities provided me with was information. Without them, I wouldn’t have known what to expect from my recovery, physically or emotionally.[/p][p]I’m very lucky in that I survived my stroke, recovered relatively quickly and am able to lead an independent life. But many people aren’t so fortunate. [/p][p]Stroke is the fourth biggest killer in the U.K. (and the leading cause of death worldwide). As for those who survive, two thirds leave hospital with a disability. Many survivors are left unable to work. The Stroke Association runs a variety of services including support groups and a dedicated help line to meet the needs of stroke survivors. [/p][p]Whether as a result of stroke, a different type of brain injury or another cause, more than 2 million Brits live with sight loss. The RNIB offers a huge range of services for blind and partially sighted people, including support groups, reading assistance, and support/education for families and employers. They also run three residential care homes in the U.K. [/p][p]These amazing charities rely on our generosity to continue their very important work. Please help me to support them - I will be super grateful!! [/p]

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Oct 2, 2018

Lucy BJ

Well done Emilia - amazing achievement

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 24, 2018


Great effort Emilia, I hope the swim went well!


Sep 22, 2018

Andy Morgan


Sep 22, 2018


You’re an inspiration! Love Nana and Grandpa


Sep 22, 2018


Good on you Em! You should be very proud of yourself. Lots of Love Julie and Dean xx


Sep 22, 2018

Susan and David

Good luck Emilia, its arrived so quickly, we will be cheering on the sidelines from Brisbane! We are staying with your Dad this weekend.


Sep 21, 2018


Enjoy and best of luck!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 21, 2018


Go Emilia!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 21, 2018

Katherine F

I hope it goes well tomorrow Emilia! So impressed!!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 21, 2018


Good luck!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid