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£1,040raised of £500 target by 44 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,040 to Help Sophie, paralysed by a rare brain injury, to return home AND help disabled children learn to swim

    Witney, UK
    Funded on Wednesday, 28th November 2018

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    Sophie, who was one of the most active and energetic people I know, contracted Japanese Encephalitis whilst working on conservation fieldwork in South-East China in July 2015. This caused a devastating rare brain injury which, following a coma, has left her confined to a wheelchair, dependant on a ventilator and unable to use her arms or even move her head more than a fraction, let alone run up and down mountains, do yoga outside every morning, African dance, playing percussion in a band, rock climbing, swimming outdoors, or any of the other things she used to enjoy doing, and which most of us could still do if only we could muster the energy (I usually can't!). As a well-respected Conservation Scientist and teacher, a musician, commuity actuivator and great friend to many, Sophie has inspired and helped so many people achieve great things over the years, and she is still doing this today. Sophie’s dad Mike says "Sophie has astounded everyone with her recovery and remains very positive. She never complains and to enable her to return home would be such a tremendous boost for her." Sophie’s partner Robert, who has been at her side every day since she fell ill, said "Our lives have been on hold, getting Sophie back home will mean so much to us both, and be really beneficial to her recovery". She is currently hoping to re-gain some independance by returning to her home in Snowdonia amongst friends, and with her partner Robert, after years of living in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and now a nursing home, but a lot of work is needed to make their home suitable for the carers, equipment and wheelchair access Sophie needs.


    Level Water is a charity who works with disabled children who thankfully ARE able to experience the joy of swimming, but only with the right support and help ( Level Water provide one-to one swimming lessons for children until they can swim 15m front crawl or backstroke meaning they can be safe in the water. These children would probably otherwise never learn to swim, and this is also enabling them to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience, as well as experiencing the joy of being in the water.


    I love swimming, especially in the wild, and I am very grateful for the fact that that there is nothing stopping me doing it! So, I am going to swim 10km along the river Dart this September (, and will be incredibly grateful for any donations you can give to encourage me to train for 10km swimming (4+ hours) in a cold river! I will be splitting any donations you are able to give between the two very worthy causes I have talked about.

    Thank-you very much!!!



    • Sam Amy3 months ago
      Sam Amy

      Sam Amy

      3 months ago

      Enjoyed a 5km swim at Queenford lakes this morning - no wetsuit issues and was very pleased with my upcycled changing towel! Bring on the Dart 10km next Sunday! Thank-you so much for all the support xxx

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    • Sam Amy4 months ago
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      Sam Amy

      4 months ago training has really been picking up pace over the past couple of months! I have met with adversity such as fishermen along the riverbank, squishy river mud in my toes, cold and rainy sea swimming conditions in Cornwall, a jellyfish sting across my face in Jersey, and the almost-boredom of long distance pool swimming...but am generally loving it! Thanks for all the donations so far and if anyone else can donate it will be VERY much appreciated! Thanks :-) xxx

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    • Sam Amy6 months ago
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      Sam Amy

      6 months ago

      Thank-you for all the donations! :-) xx

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    • Jenny Sherwen

      Jenny Sherwen

      Sep 20, 2018

      Well done!!! I hope to do this another year :-)


    • Jo S

      Jo S

      Sep 18, 2018

      Good luck Sam, hope you enjoy it!

    • Kirsty Cranie

      Kirsty Cranie

      Sep 16, 2018

      Good luck, hope you enjoy it! x


    • Rachel


      Sep 16, 2018

      Woo!! Have a great swim Sam :)


    • Rebecca Liverman

      Rebecca Liverman

      Sep 16, 2018

      Good luck you amazing lady, love Ben, Bek, Takoda & Harmony xx


    • Laurie Huggett-Wilde

      Laurie Huggett-Wilde

      Sep 16, 2018

      Good luck Sam


    • Vanessa Blanchet

      Vanessa Blanchet

      Sep 16, 2018

      Good luck SamSmash it!


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