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    Weʼve raised £4,920 to help Ros Hardiman get an all terrain wheelchair! UK Paralympian (2 times) and English Channel solo swimmer - let's get Ros mobile!!

    Norwich, United Kingdom
    Funded on Wednesday, 21st September 2016

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    On 15 August 2016 Tracy Clark will swim around Manhattan Island and Roger Finch will, 5 days later on 20 August swim the Boston Light. Ros is an amazing woman who has inspired both of us. Here is her story....Born in 1952, I contracted poliomyelitis or Infantile Paralysis when I was 6. 3 years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. I use a wheelchair but pride myself on independence. I’ve had a full-time jobs as a museum curator until increasing disability recently forced me into early retirement. I’m on my own so don’t have the back-up of a partner or family. My mother taught me to swim when I was 8 but until I came to Portsmouth I hadn’t had any coaching or took it seriously. I loved living near to sea and began open water swimming. I have completed many open water swims but the English Channel I could only dream! I was honoured to represent Great Britain in all European and World Championships between 1994 and 2001.I also competed at both the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympic Games. Between 1995 and 2001 I broke 8 world records, one of which I held for 12 years! I did 2 Channel Relays in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 my solo English Channel dream seemed to be within reach. It began well, however, a nagging pain in one shoulder became a massive focus of pain, the cold began to seep into me and recurrent sea-sickness made me desperately want to stop it but I was determined that I shouldn’t be the one to end it. After 25 hours and 14 minutes my crew fished me out. Totally exhausted and nearly unconscious and only 0.7 miles off the French coast! I couldn't make any further progress, I had nothing left. It took over two months to recover. In 2009 I was back, support and encouragement from my friends in Channel swimming as well as my own determination fuelled my next attempt. On 26-27 September I took 20 hours and 17 minutes to swim the English Channel. For the first time I feel 'disabled' due to the disrepair of my current wheelchair. Thanks so much!

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    • Tracy Clark2 years ago
      Tracy Clark

      Tracy Clark

      2 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We now have a date for Ros Hardiman's Wheelchair Handover Party! Saturday 19 November in Dover of course. Ros is so excited about this and would like to thank you personally. Roger Finch has just booked a flight to be there too! The more people and swimmers there - the better!!! More details to follow!! Again, massive thanks from Roger and I to everyone who donated and made this dream come true for Ros!!

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    • Tracy Clark2 years ago
      Tracy Clark

      Tracy Clark

      2 years ago

      Hi Guys We would like to Thank You all for the extremely kind and generous donations to get a Disabled Lady back in the ocean, a place that she loves. As you know the Health system could not cope. What has happened over the weeks that Tracy and I started this campaign to help this Lady has been a Great Journey ! Thank You. To start with we didn't know that anyone would even read our post let alone donate. The response has been WOW ! We have Ros to thank for that with what she has gone through and continues to go through. What I would like to

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    108

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 11, 2016

      £40.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 6, 2016

      Hi ros, long time no see. I met some people at isoman triathlon this year that are friends with you. Seems your cheery character gets about.

      £10.00

    • Catherine Stefanutti

      Catherine Stefanutti

      Sep 5, 2016

      Lovely to see our swimming community coming together to make good things happen xx

      £15.00

    • Gail

      Gail

      Sep 5, 2016

      Wish I could donate all of your shortfall. Happy zooming in your new chair xx

      £10.00

    • Judy Beckman

      Judy Beckman

      Aug 30, 2016

      I swam the Boston Light this year and wish I had had the chance to speak to Tracy and Roger. I understand they know my friend Kevin Cassidy! At any rate, I hope this donation helps a bit.

      £30.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Aug 27, 2016

      good luck - Dover group training person

      £10.00

    • Zoe Sadler

      Zoe Sadler

      Aug 26, 2016

      £20.00

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