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Richard Hawkes

Swimming the Bosphorus July 2018

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][b]Swimming for Freedom and for Freya: Bosphorus 2018[/b][/p][p] [/p][p]I absolutely hate swimming. But on 22 July I will be attempting to swim 6.5 km from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus Strait. I had originally signed up to do this with a group of Freedom Fund supporters as part of their annual “Swim for Freedom” challenge raising funds to combat modern slavery. But tragically, in December, my gorgeous 19 year old Goddaughter, Freya Cox, died suddenly. So, on 22 July I will be Swimming for Freedom and Swimming for Freya.[/p][p] [/p][p]All of the funds I raise will be split equally between CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and a project that the British Asian Trust is working on with the Freedom Fund to make Jaipur child labour free.[/p][p] [/p][p]22 years ago I was Best Man for two of the closest friends anyone could ever have – Mike and Alison Cox. They had three amazing children and I was privileged to be a Godfather for their eldest, Freya. Freya was an amazing girl who achieved far more in 19 years than many of us achieve in a lifetime. She is missed every single day by so many people who will never forget the impact she had on us. The charity that Mike and Alison have been encouraging people to support is CRY, which aims to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death and provides support for bereaved families.[/p][p] [/p][p]I will also be raising funds to end child labour in Jaipur. Human trafficking is the fastest growing global crime: a $32 billion industry that trades over a million children a year. The British Asian Trust is working to ensure that no child in South Asia is trafficked for labour or exploitation. Jaipur is a major hub for arts and traditional handicrafts – but a report commissioned by the British Asian Trust highlighted Jaipur as a hotspot for modern slavery, and specifically child labour, with an estimated 50,000 children working in hazardous conditions. ?These children are typically forced to work 15 hours a day in confined spaces, they suffer all kinds of medical problems and in addition to this are denied access to an education and any medical support. Our programme is working to end this and make Jaipur child labour free. [/p][p] [/p][p][b]Every single penny raised will go directly to these great causes. I have covered all the costs of this swim myself. I would be most grateful for any support at all that you could give.[/b][/p][p][b] [/b][/p][p][b]About CRY[/b][/p][p]Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.[/p][p]Since its formation in 1995, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) has been working to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death (YSCD). CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected by YSCD. CRY promotes and develops heart screening programmes and funds medical research.[/p][p] [/p][p][b]About the British Asian Trust[/b][/p][p]The British Asian Trust supports the development of a South Asia that is free from inequality and injustice. It was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales and a group of visionary British Asian business leaders and backs sustainable solutions that enable people to truly unlock their potential, more than three million people already. The Trust works in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – with a focus on education, livelihoods, anti-trafficking and mental health.[/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

22 Jul 2018

Charities

The British Asian Trust

The British Asian Trust

Cardiac Risk In The Young

Cardiac Risk In The Young

Supporters

19-Jun-2018

Abha

good luck Richard!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

18-Jun-2018

Anonymous

Sorry I missed this before just popped up . Best of luck at least you have plenty of buoyancy with that middle aged spread

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

18-Jun-2018

Helen Brooks

Rather you than me Richard! Seriously though it's such an amazing thing to do - good luck !

£30.00

17-Jun-2018

Madhu

Best of luck, Richard. Great initiative. Hope it all goes well.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

17-Jun-2018

Deborah Creed

All the best Rich . I am in awe . You are amazing !

£30.00

17-Jun-2018

Emma West

Very best of success.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

17-Jun-2018

Elizabeth Catto

With very best wishes for your excellent charities.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

14-Jun-2018

sasha

so proud of you!! once you’ve done this you can have all the lie-ins you want xxx

£31.00

14-Jun-2018

Katie Hawkes

£30.00

14-Jun-2018

joe