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Samantha Poulsen

Swimming the North Channel

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In a little over one month I'll be attempting to swim the North Channel, that's the 33km stretch between Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Port Patrick in Scotland. [/p][p]Last year I was lucky enough to swim across the English Channel in 12hours and 40 minutes. This was by far the hardest thing I've ever done. It was made even harder by the fact that I tore a tendon in my shoulder during the swim..thanks to some (a lot) of pain killers and some incredible support from my crew, I made it across. I took four months off swimming after this, which was hugely frustrating but necessary. Now I've set my sights on an even bigger challenge...[/p][p]Some fun facts about the North Channel:[/p][p]-Water temperature ranges from 11-14 degrees, thats a good 5 degrees colder than the English Channel (14 degrees colder than your average pool). I haven’t taken a hot shower for 6 months in preparation for this.[/p][p]-65 people have ever completed this swim, 23 of which of female, 1 of which is Australian (2000 have completed the English Channel)[/p][p]-As we come into July/August the North Channel gets inundated with Lions mane jellyfish. Horrible creatures that can get you into a fair amount of strife if you're stung too much.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I currently work as a Respiratory Physiotherapist in the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas Hospital. Here I work with critically unwell patients, people whose lives have been turned upside down by sickness. The staff that work in the NHS really are something else. They put their hearts and souls into the work they do and I’m inspired by them on a daily basis. Therefore I am raising funds to help ease the journey of patients and their families through these incredibly trying times as well as for ongoing staff development and training.[/p][p]I fully appreciated the generosity of all those who donated last year, in fact I was totally and utterly blown away by it. So I can appreciate it may seem rather soon that I'm coming after you again for sponsorship. I am forever grateful for your support, thank you from the bottom of my heart. [/p][p][br][/p][p]Life can sometimes throw you some serious curveballs so be grateful for your health. Go out there and live it as best you can and try and do a little good along the way.[/p][p]Big love.[/p][p]SammyP [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

22 Jul 2019


Sep 6, 2019

Mark and Brenda Vernon

Congratulations Sam! What an outstanding achievement!


Sep 4, 2019


Amazing - I swim in my local pool and 20' is cold enough for me! Congratulations on an inspiring achievement.


Aug 23, 2019

William Swift

I just read about this on LinkedIn - What an amazing achievement! I'm not sure who is more crazy - you or your mum! Congratulations!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 22, 2019

James Orr

Well done a fantastic achievement!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 20, 2019

Lizzie Hunt

Amazing Sam! You are an inspiration!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019

Anne Wright

Inspirational !

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019

Lawrence Hill

Good job!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 16, 2019


An inspiration to us all Sam! Well done girl x

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2019


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Aug 15, 2019


£65.00 plus £16.25 Gift Aid