Wehee - I am so thrilled you're here.

On August 17th I am swimming 2.5 miles from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.

I love the thought of swimming in open water and 2.5 miles is a real challenge for me.

I am swimming to raise money for Aspire - which helps people with spinal injuries lead more independent lives.

There are now just 2 weeks to go - so please please please sponsor me. 

Every £1 you sponsor me will be doubled - because once I've raised £750 a very good friend of mine will match it - but I have to raise £750 first. 

So please help me raise £750 for this wonderful charity.

Thank you so much…


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Updates 4

And I was able to stop halfway across and appreciate how far I'd come and was over half way. I was actually surprised how easy it was - I was VERY nervous wondering "could I do it" but knowing that I can pull out all the stops at the last hurdle. But I didn't need to - yey!

12/09/13 09:50

It was waaaay easier than swimming 2.5 miles in the swimming pool (which I reckon was because I was not simply swimming up and down, up and down, up and down). And maybe because I'd done more training too! And it was a totally gorgeous day.

12/09/13 09:48

I just realised that I hadn't actually posted an update on here - so busy posting on Facebook that I totally forgot to put it on my official page! I DID IT! It was amazing.

12/09/13 09:47

Unfortunately whether or not we could swim on 17th August was always dependent on the weather and it was too windy to do so this weekend. Wah! So the swim has been re-scheduled for 29th, 30th or 31st August- whichever day has the best weather forecast. I will keep you posted.

19/08/13 11:20

Raising money for



Charity Registration No. 1075317

Every eight hours, someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time. Without warning, someone's life changes completely. Aspire exists to provide essential support, equipment and advice to people with spinal cord injuries in the UK and Ireland.

Raising money for

Run by Aspire

Charity Registration No. 1075317

Donations 51

This is from all the wonderful people who donated off-line. Thank you so much Tina, Joyce, Alwena, Julie, Helen, Gill, and everyone else who supported me in my journey. I really appreciate it.

Donation by Anonymous on 15/11/13


+ £32.75 Gift Aid

Well done Melina, that was a brave thing to do for a good cause; I celebrate your achievement.

Donation by Flori Odeyemi on 22/10/13

Well done Melina! xx

Donation by Claire Mount on 22/10/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done Melina, you are an inspiration. Best Wishes Fiona x

Donation by Fiona Harrold on 17/10/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

well done Melina

Donation by Lynda Holt on 11/09/13


Donation by John Dionysiou on 10/09/13


Go Melina what an awesome achievement x

Donation by Natalee Tucker on 31/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Congratulations, Melina!

Donation by Anonymous on 31/08/13

Well done to lovely you.

Donation by Clare on 31/08/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

So delighted to be able to see you off from Gilkicker point today Melina, I think you are totally amazing!

Donation by Allison Marlowe on 31/08/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Wishing you much fun tomorrow!

Donation by Siobhan Guthrie on 30/08/13


Go for it Melina you are a true inspiration

Donation by Nic Bird on 30/08/13


+ £204.00 Gift Aid

Good luck Melina!

Donation by Damien Fry on 30/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Me & all of Damsels in Success are so proud of you. Will never forget that swim you did on our Spa day ;-) Go Melina xxxx

Donation by Lucie Bradbury on 29/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

inspiring as ever Melina.....fantastic!

Donation by Eoin McCabe on 29/08/13


Hope swim goes well tomorrow.

Donation by Emma Melhuish on 17/08/13


+ £2.02 Gift Aid

Good luck Melina! You are inspiring & best wishes for a calm sea for your swim.

Donation by Cassandra James on 16/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Have a great time and good luck!!!!! Cheers to you, friend!

Donation by Scout Wilkins on 16/08/13


Good luck my dear.

Donation by Tracie Trueman on 16/08/13


Melina, you are inspiration. Go for it, and enjoy!

Donation by Emer on 16/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good luck with the swim great challenge

Donation by John Thornley on 16/08/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Wow Melina - what a challenge! Wishing you wonderful weather and time and tide on your side :-)

Donation by Sandie on 15/08/13


Best of luck Melina - you go girl!

Donation by Anonymous on 12/08/13


Good luck, that sure is a real challenge but you are up to it! xx

Donation by Becky Evans on 08/08/13


+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Go Melina Go!! xx xx

Donation by Alima on 07/08/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,181.42
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£2,181.42
  • Gift Aid£398.77

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