29%
£1,489raised of £5,000 target by 44 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to #Pledge150 Help fund 150 bed spaces for homeless youth

Location
London, United Kingdom

What is crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding is a new type of fundraising where you can raise funds for your own personal cause, even if you're not a registered charity.

The page owner is responsible for the distribution of funds raised.

Story

Dear friend,

PLEASE NOTE:

I've set up a new donation page on MyDonate as there are less charges and to get the Gift Aid too. I'll transfer all donations to date to that page. Please click this link here https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/elinagrigoriou1

Thank you for coming on here to read about this pledge. The RICS has launched #Pledge150 with the support of LandAid, to raise enough money and goods to create 150 bed spaces to stop youth from living on the streets. The pledge marks the 150th anniversary of the institution's existence as a body looking out for the public good.

As a member of the institution and living in a large city where homelessness is evident and on the rise, I am compelled to support. I have chosen to support the pledge by swimming 150 lengths of the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park, London in January, without a wetsuit, to raise awareness and money. The current temperature of the water is 1.1C / 34F and we are only able to swim in the morning when water and air temps are at their lowest.

Why a cold swim? When people are 'living' on the streets they can't choose to not be cold.

We can bear to be cold for a bit in everyday life, and similarly we can choose to get into the cold water. When youth are homeless they can't choose to not be cold. When cold nights and winter days are here we rush to get out of the cold, they can't rush anywhere. In a world with so much good in it, this is not right.

You can support me and take part in two ways:

1. Join me for a swim (or quick dip) down at the Serpentine during January* and raise awareness of how you made a choice to get cold and be part of #Pledge150 to your own friends, connections and media channels. In addition to this awesome achievement, you could also...

2. Donate some funds or goods/services towards the creation of the 150 bed spaces. I need 150 people to sponsor one length for £33.40 each. Who will get the mid way length, which is your favourite number and who will finish it with me and swim the last length on January 31st?

(Pick a length to swim with me or sponsor or both at this schedule here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1m4ZyfxGSlONFgxHWS0Trs8pOySmmioT4mY0QTEW0DkE/edit?usp=sharing )

In the current water temperatures of 1.1C / 34F I swim 2 lengths (200m) which is very painful and, yes, cold. When one enters the water all your veins contract which is painful, when you're swimming you are fighting to catch your breath and mentally push yourself to not give way to the pain, to not stop as your hands and feet are quickly turning into blocks of ice (not much of a metaphor). When you come out of the water the ground feels very painful under your feet, and you steadily gain sensation back into your limps as your body starts shivering to warm itself up again. If I push myself more than 200m in the current temperatures the shivering can be rather strong as the body tenses itself and is, you may have the drift by now, a painful experience!**

For me to achieve the 150 lengths in January I will need to swim every morning 4.8 lengths, or more than that if I can't swim some mornings. If the water is iced over I will have to play catch-up when it has melted. (not joking) But every single morning that I choose to do this, there is one other person out there that has had to spend the whole night in those temperatures...

So please do choose to support me and come be part of this challenge. I'm looking for a friend, and friends of friends, to join me on most mornings. Everything in life is easier when shared.

Dig out those swimming costumes and those wallets and come join me to help as many youth as we can!

With love and thanks,

Elina

* Only take part in a swim or dip if you are completely healthy. You need to fill in a club guest form on the morning if you are not already a member. If you bring cake down to the club you are very likely to make new friends and be even more popular.

** Doing such an extreme activity for me is very beneficial beyond all the pain described, and can be fun. The experience gives lots of self-awareness and knowledge, in addition to experiencing the camaraderie and swimming along elegant swans. The best way for anyone to understand a little about it is to come to the lake and experience it...

Share this story

Updates

6

  • Elina Grigoriou18 days ago
    Elina Grigoriou

    Elina Grigoriou

    18 days ago

    Day 4 - done! Swam another 4 lengths in 4.4C water (with teeth!) in a very dark rainy morning, without a wetsuit. It was made all that much more bearable and happy by having the fabulous company of Phil Smith! Phil also swam 4 lengths and got the shivers thankfully after with a nice warm cup of tea! Thank you Phil for supporting #pledge150! Hope his words tempt some of you to come down and join me to raise awareness of homeless youth. Amazing support and only on day 4! Back tomorrow morning with, potentially more company!

    Share this update to help us raise more

  • Elina Grigoriou19 days ago
    Elina Grigoriou

    Elina Grigoriou

    19 days ago

    Day 3 - done! Really blustery weather thanks. Water temp was up in fact at 4.4C (40F) but air felt much colder than it was, so just did 4 lengths. 18 done - 132 lengths to go! I think a good description of what the cold air and cold water impact is on the body would be to put a bulldog clip on each finger and toe ending and stick pins all over. Yup that describes cold water effects just fine! And homeless people, especially youth, endure that without a real choice. Huge appreciation for all the donations so far!

    Share this update to help us raise more

  • Elina Grigoriou20 days ago
    Elina Grigoriou

    Elina Grigoriou

    20 days ago

    Day 2 - done! Same temps (3.9C) so did 4 lengths. The reality of early winter mornings is half the difficulty of this challenge. Nothing like stepping out into cold dark mornings and getting into very cold dark water!! But there is also beauty in it if one looks for it! #Pledge150 I had the wonderful company of Robin Garton this morning who pushed himself and did 4 lengths too for the first time! I’m at 11% of the funding! Really wonderful and who will take me to 12%? https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/elina-grigoriou-pledge150

    Share this update to help us raise more

1 month ago

Elina Grigoriou started crowdfunding

Leave a message of support

Supporters

44

  • Emily Chong

    Emily Chong

    Jan 16, 2018

    You go girl! will come join you for a length once the lurgy has gone.

    £20.00

  • J Fischel-Bock

    J Fischel-Bock

    Jan 15, 2018

    You go girl!!!!

    £30.00

  • Charlotte Petsopoulos such a wonderful  worthy cause ! What an impressive way to fundraiser!

    Charlotte Petsopoulos such a wonderful worthy cause ! What an impressive way to fundraiser!

    Jan 8, 2018

    Such a wonderful worthy cause! Bravo Elina big time!!

    £30.00

  • Ian Haworth

    Ian Haworth

    Jan 7, 2018

    Good luck Elina!

    £50.00

  • Rob H

    Rob H

    Jan 7, 2018

    Go Elina - but go easy. 4.8 not fun.A great cause.

    £35.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jan 6, 2018

    Good luck!

  • Joe and Jane Cilia

    Joe and Jane Cilia

    Jan 6, 2018

    If I were wearing a hat; I would take it off. Very impressive and shows real dedication.

    £25.00

About the fundraiser
Elina Grigoriou

Elina Grigoriou

[object Object]

London, United Kingdom

I'm an interior design and sustainability geek who loves to swim and think about the meaning of life. I also love ice cream and sunrises. My favourite question is Why? I do hope I get to see Earth from Space one day. What about you?

Report this Page

* JustGiving crowdfunders pay a small fee for our service. Find out how much it is and what we do for it.

Donate