Needing to gain a semblance of fitness after a knee operation 6 months ago, and having been recommended swimming as a great way to increase flexibility, I decided that I needed some serious motivation to get me back into the water on a regular basis. What better way than to commit to swimming the width of the English Channel, all 22 miles of it, but in the warmth and safety of my local pool, over a period of 12 weeks?  And if I’m mad enough to attempt this, then I might as well try and raise some money for a good cause at the same time.

I am fundraising on behalf of a local award-winning charity Action Foundation, a charity very close to my heart.  Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Action Foundation provides help to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in Tyne and Wear through supported housing and free English classes. I have been volunteering there for almost 6 years, initially as a teaching assistant but more recently as an English teacher. Each week Action Language sees over 300 learners of 90 different nationalities, supported by more than 100 volunteer teachers and classroom assistants.

Action Foundation does excellent work with very limited resources and is reliant on generous charitable donations.  Every pound raised through this challenge will go towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Please support my challenge by hitting the donate button on my profile page, and I’ll keep you posted on my progress towards France. Thank you!

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£1,311.25 raised of £1,200.00 target by 45 supporters

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About the good cause

Action Foundation Action Foundation

Action Foundation is an award-winning charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne providing help to refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants through supported housing and free community language classes.

Action Foundation empowers refugees to overcome exclusion, supporting them to; avoid homelessness and extreme poverty, access vital services, increase their skills and employability, access legal support, integrate and live independently.  

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