Sponsor Sarah to Swim The Serpentine
Amount Raised
Fundraising Goal £375.00

My Message

It's been a long time since I was able to anything of a sporting or active challenge to fundraise for my charity! My Crohn's is complex to say the least and alongside the added battle with fibromyalgia I have become more and more disabled over the years. I don't like to focus on what I can't do though! I won't be walking, running or cycling any time in the foreseeable future BUT I CAN SWIM! :-D

Open water swimming has given me a way to be able to exercise safely and enjoy the activity at the same time. I've had hydrotherapy at hospital but this takes it to another level and I love it! I can only swim breaststroke, though I would describe my technique as more like drunk-frog stroke. Joint pain and fibromyalgia limit the motility I have in my limbs but I get a much greater range of movement in water than on land! I'm slow but I get there in the end and that's the main thing.

Most of my open water swimming has been in the sea around the coast of Kos in Greece. I love snorkelling and underwater photography! I would dearly love to take my camera out into the Serpentine with me to look for the wildlife of the lake but I suspect the waters will be far too churned up by all the swimmers alongside me. In the waters of the UK I need to wear a wetsuit and have managed to get a two piece suit that is much easier to get on and off with my appalling dexterity and also gives me quick and easy access to my ileostomy bag in case I have to empty or change the pouch quickly!

I'm so glad that I have joined the Thorpe Lake Open Water Swimming group! What a lovely group of people and a wonderful place to be swimming as well as wandering along the banks of the lake watching the varied wildlife. I can't wait to get into the Serpentine! Hyde Park is a beautiful part of London and a haven for wildlife too. My start time on the day will be 1pm and I hope to complete the mile in an hour. That will be a massive achievement for me and I hope to be welcomed back onto land with a large cup of tea and a slice of celebratory cake!

I would be thrilled if you can support me in my own personal challenge and help others who are facing the many challenges of living with Crohn's! I also hope that my story can inspire others living with chronic illness, pain and fatigue to give open water swimming a go. It does me the power of good both physically and mentally to be able to get this regular exercise! It doesn't matter if you only go short distances or are slow like me, the great thing is to actually be taking part, being active, happy and comfortable in your own skin.

Thank you to everyone, friends, family and fellow swimmers for all the support and encouragement you have given me!

Event Date
Sep 24, 2016 9:00 AM
Location Name
Swim Serpentine

My Team

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My Supporters (40)

Catherine donated £10.00
Sep 29, 2016 7:03 PM
Barry Fisher donated £15.00
Sep 28, 2016 2:25 AM
Joy Coleman donated £10.00
Sep 27, 2016 2:15 PM
Helen and Oliver donated £15.00
Sep 27, 2016 12:48 PM
Zahida Zahoor left a message
Sep 26, 2016 4:28 PM
Well done your an inspiration!
Zahida Zahoor donated £10.00
Sep 26, 2016 4:26 PM
Susie and family donated £15.00
Sep 25, 2016 8:59 AM
Richard Pester left a message
Sep 24, 2016 9:40 PM
Well done Sarah! Catch up soon. x
Richard Pester donated £10.00
Sep 24, 2016 9:39 PM
Generous Supporter donated £5.00
Sep 24, 2016 9:31 PM
Keith O'Connell donated £15.00
Sep 24, 2016 8:14 PM
Rich&Calli donated £20.00
Sep 24, 2016 11:22 AM
Andrew "Ozzy" Watson donated £5.00
Sep 24, 2016 11:06 AM
Generous Supporter donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 24, 2016 10:59 AM
Nikki, Rosie & James donated £5.00
Sep 24, 2016 10:53 AM
Dave Salsbury donated £10.00
Sep 24, 2016 10:41 AM
The Dodd Tribe donated £10.00
Sep 24, 2016 10:16 AM
Mabbsy donated £5.00
Sep 24, 2016 7:12 AM
Robin and Morwenna donated £25.00
Sep 23, 2016 8:48 PM
Brian Hurrell left a message
Sep 23, 2016 2:24 PM
Best of luck Sarah!
Brian Hurrell donated £10.00
Sep 23, 2016 2:23 PM
Debby Salsbury left a message
Sep 23, 2016 8:43 AM
Good luck Sarah! xx
Debby Salsbury donated £10.00
Sep 23, 2016 8:42 AM
Chris Danger donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 10:12 PM
Sylvie Nutt donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 8:01 PM
Zoe donated £5.00
Sep 22, 2016 7:55 PM
Rachel Morgan-Trimmer donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 7:25 PM
Generous Supporter donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 7:14 PM
Al Barnes left a message
Sep 22, 2016 6:47 PM
Good luck Sarah!
Al Barnes donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2016 6:47 PM
Generous Supporter donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2016 6:36 PM
Emma and Bill Thacker donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 6:31 PM
Robin Kent donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2016 6:27 PM
Martin Hall donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 22, 2016 6:25 PM
The pusar's donated £10.00
Sep 22, 2016 6:25 PM
Dean Russell donated £20.00
Sep 8, 2016 1:17 PM
Mike and Adelle donated an undisclosed amount
Sep 2, 2016 2:15 PM
Patsy & Phil donated £20.00
Sep 1, 2016 5:00 PM
Phil Longes donated £25.00
Sep 1, 2016 3:24 PM
Elaine & Joe donated £10.00
Jul 22, 2016 7:47 PM
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