Channel swim bid

PUBLISHED: 15:29 30 September 2008 | UPDATED: 09:44 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30: A BRIXINGTON woman is swimming the equivalent of the Channel to raise funds for people with spinal injuries. Alison Eadie, 29, of Humphries Park, will swim the distance of the English Channel in the pool at Exmouth Sports Centre. She hopes to raise at le

A BRIXINGTON woman is swimming the equivalent of the Channel to raise funds for people with spinal injuries.Alison Eadie, 29, of Humphries Park, will swim the distance of the English Channel in the pool at Exmouth Sports Centre.She hopes to raise at least £500 for spinal cord charity Aspire.Alison, a weather forecaster at the Met Office, agreed to take part after learning about the cause from her Sidmouth friend Lynsey Norwood-Brown, also a weather expert.The pair must each complete the 22-mile challenge before December 7 and plan to visit each other's pools.Alison, who hopes the challenge will improve her stamina, said: "I will be going to the pool three times a week and swimming 40 lengths. I haven't done any training. I'm just going to throw myself in and see how it goes!"I really want to raise money and awareness for this much-needed charity and in the process of doing this I will also be challenging myself and getting fitter as a result."The Aspire swim is in its ninth year and aims to raise £500,000 to help people with spinal injuries regain their independence.Aspire spokeswoman Rosie Cotton said: "Aspire makes a difference by providing a number of practically based projects designed to ensure that the spinally injured have many of their immediate and future needs met, so that they can start and continue to live their lives as independently as possible."To join Lynsey and Alison and take part in the Aspire swim, or for more information, visit www.aspirechannelswim.co.uk

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