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Paul Gosling

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£7,500
raised of £5,000 target by 142 supporters

Weʼre raising £5,000 to support a project at the Guille-Allès Library, in memory of Jodie Knight, a great friend and the Library’s Deputy Chief Librarian.

Guernsey
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I grew up in Kent and, like most kids I knew, my only experience of the sea was when we went on holiday once a year, if we were lucky, to the seaside.

When I was in my early 20s, I started working as a futures trader on the LIFFE exchange in the City. It was a fast and furious job that came to an abrupt end in 1998 when trading moved online. At that time, my cousin lived in Guernsey and I moved over on a one-way ticket. It was love at first sight.

The months rolled into years, and I eventually made the move from finance into a new career I was passionate about, remedial massage therapy. I set up Equilibrium in my back room in May 2010, before moving to St Peter Port premises, where I am still based, in 2013.

I am married to a very tolerant woman and blessed to have two beautiful sons, Ben, 13, and Reggie, 4.

When I moved to Guernsey I had a chronic fear of the sea. Fear of the unknown, of deep water and being out of depth, in every sense.

I went from dipping my toe in during the summer of 2019, to taking swimming more seriously at the beginning of 2020 when I embarked on more ambitious sea swims. I loved the freedom of being out in the sea, it was really good for my mental health, in what was a very tough year.

At the beginning of this year, I decided to sign up for the Paradise Island swim, a three mile swim from Guernsey to Herm, due to take place on the 1st August. Something that will challenge me both physically and mentally.

The personal goals I began achieving motivated me to think big. I am determined to see this as an adventure and not something to be fearful of - as well as an opportunity to raise money for something incredible for the Island community.

At the end of 2020, an already awful year, the unthinkable happened. One of our closest friends, Jodie, passed away with very little warning, to cancer.

She was almost 45. Jodie was a brilliant, articulate and wonderful person. As Deputy Chief Librarian at the Guille-Allès Library, she was quietly passionate about books, in particular igniting and encouraging that spark for reading in us all from a young age. Something she did brilliantly and effortlessly.

In her memory, I would like to raise money for an exciting new area at her beloved Library to help carry on her work, in her name.

I am delighted, humbled and very thankful to Livingroom estate agents who have chosen to sponsor me in this journey, and kickstart fundraising with an incredible £2,000.

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  • Paul Gosling2 months ago
    Paul Gosling

    Paul Gosling

    2 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    And money and support is still coming in. We are now standing at £7,360 which is incredible, thank you. I still have various confirmations from friends to sponsor so fully expect a new total again very soon. Thank you everyone x

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  • Paul Gosling2 months ago
    Paul Gosling

    Paul Gosling

    2 months ago

    Completed ! 1hr 23 mins. Very choppy and sloppy in the middle but an amazing experience and more importantly a massive thank you to everyone that has sponsored me. £7000 going to the library and to the Fab Lab in memory of Jodie which means a huge amount to all of us x

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  • Paul Gosling2 months ago
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    Paul Gosling

    2 months ago
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    1hr and a half before the big swim and I’m at £7,000 Totally amazing thank you everyone. Now time to get this done 🇬🇬

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Page last updated on: 8/10/2021 20.24

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142

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 10, 2021

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 6, 2021

    £30.00

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    Anonymous

    Aug 6, 2021

    £40.00

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    Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2021

  • Adam

    Adam

    Aug 2, 2021

    £40.00

  • Trevor Day

    Trevor Day

    Aug 2, 2021

    Congratulations Paul. Great achievement.

    £50.00

  • Alec Bailey

    Alec Bailey

    Aug 2, 2021

    Well done mate. awesome achievement

    £30.00

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