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Weʼre raising £600 to The Guernsey Bereavement Service

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I am swimming to Herm. Yup. Said it now. Have to.

On September 3rd, I will be attempting to swim across the Little Russel. For my non-Guernsey friends, thats 5k away.

Most people know that I am pretty determined and driven (stubborn) so whilst the training three times a week around my other sports and interests (sitting down not swimming) will need motivation and commitment, I’m confident that I’ve got this part.

The struggle for me will be the open water. I grew up in the sea, couldn’t get me out of it. I was dragged out blue-lipped and shivering by my family but I actually was never a very good swimmer (think 2 lengths aaannnnnndd retire). Despite working on my swimming to compete in triathlon, last year, I started to have some horrible experiences on and off the water that were later ‘labelled’ panic attacks. Their reason for their appearance in my otherwise carefree sporting past is unknown but they are terrifying and frustrating and whilst I have in the past dismissed them in others because they are intangible, it’s interesting to see what the mind can do to a rational person. This will be a big challenge for me and I need a cause I am close to and passionate about to keep me going...

The Guernsey Bereavement Service is a lesser known charity on the island. They are a small group of volunteer councillors who aim to help those who have suffered a loss. The service has over 200 users a year and as well as funding continuous training for the councillors and supervisors, the charity also offers training to organisations and workplaces. This, I think, is so important- Dealing with and talking about death once the initial flurry of phone calls, visits and sympathy cards is all over is just another horrible, awkward hurdle of ‘getting on with it’ for both the person returning to work, university or school and the colleagues and friends welcoming someone back; something often put to the bottom of the list.

I’m not asking for millions or for you to help build a new school or fund me to go on a crazy expedition - I just want to say Thank You!

They helped me a lot when I lost my dad suddenly 6 years ago and I was grateful that I had a solid, reliable person to meet every week without fail that I knew I could say anything to. When I returned to London to continue my studies, my councillor gave me her Skype contact too.

Unfortunately everyone reading this at some point has or will lose someone; it’s certain, inevitable and often unexpected and whether you yourself would or wouldn’t choose to call upon this service, it’s a life saver for some.

Any amount, no matter how small is really appreciated. I am happy to receive cash and pennies when you catch me out and about.

And if you don’t donate any money, at least buy me a drink when I smash it!

Thank You!

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    After 5 months of training, I've completed my qualifer successfully- One month to go!

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  • Sarah Robinson

    Sarah Robinson

    Aug 15, 2018

    Go Imogen! You will smash it - good luck! :D x

    £10.00

  • Eleanor Gasse

    Eleanor Gasse

    Aug 13, 2018

    Go you! Well done for facing your fears head on. Brilliant cause too. Good luck! Eleanor x

    £10.00

  • Cheryl & Paul Philp (another aunt and uncle of Gareth's!)

    Cheryl & Paul Philp (another aunt and uncle of Gareth's!)

    Aug 6, 2018

    Good luck Imogen. I hope it goes well.

    £15.00

  • Chris & Ted (Gareth's Auntie & Uncle)

    Chris & Ted (Gareth's Auntie & Uncle)

    Aug 6, 2018

    Well done so far and best of luck on the big day.

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 19, 2018

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 18, 2018

    Go go you gorgeous mermaid!

    £5.00

  • Dan and Jodie

    Dan and Jodie

    Jun 28, 2018

    Go Swimmy Imy! There's a pint waiting for you at the end too, swim good!

    £20.00

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