Loch Ness charity swim

Our MD, Alex Grant will be taking on a monumental 22 mile charity swim this year – as he tackles Loch Ness on 30th July in aid of the well-deserving charity Aspire.


Please sponsor him here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Alex-Grant-Swimmer


The challenge


The challenge, as a team, is to swim from one end of Loch Ness in Fort Augustus to the other end at Lochend.


The team is made up of six swimmers who will take it in turns to swim until the distance is complete.


The full swim distance is around 22 miles and we anticipate the swim taking between 12 and 14 hours, dependent on conditions.


This is going to be tough; temperatures in Loch Ness can average as low as 11 degrees – so this is a cold swim in the largest body of fresh water in the UK… not to mention the risk to us all of being eaten by Nessie!


Where will the money we raise go?


Every four hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by spinal cord injury. Disability is expensive; lightweight wheelchairs can cost over £4000. Aspire visits newly injured patients in hospital to offer support and advice, and point people to services such as Aspire Housing which is a temporary accessible housing solution. Aspire also train people, regardless of their level of injury, to use computers with the aid of assistive technology, and their welfare benefits team help to ensure people receive the benefits to which they are entitled. Money raised through fundraising events such as this further enables Aspire to help many more people with spinal cord injuries to live independent and fulfilled lives.


It is fair to say the physical strain our team will undertake as part of this challenge is nothing compared to the day-to-day challenges that people with spinal injuries face, so any donations towards this event will go to a very worthy cause.

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