Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
Stand Alone is a charity that is close to my heart as someone who has experience of being estranged from a family member. Admittedly, I wish I seeked the support of a charity like Stand Alone when my mother and I fell out in 2004, but all that I want to do here is support other people who are going through an experience similar to what I have faced for 15+ years. My 2 main sporting passions are swimming and watching Everton Football Club. But anyone who finds themselves estranged from a parent and/or son or daughter does go through a very long and difficult journey. I don't want to seek self pity for my own personal situation and I live my live today believing that somewhere along the line that I might meet someone who is at the early stage of being estranged from a family member, and they need people like me to offer them support to get through their issues.
Swimming is one of my main passions outside the working environment and 10k is gonna be a bloody tough swim, but I signed up for this challenge and decided to support Stand Alone in the knowledge that a 10k swim in the London Aquatics Centre pool, the pool where legends have won gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games or enjoyed the fact that they were the 1st people to swim in this magnificent pool. The 10k swim is going to be a painful one, but nothing can be more painful that being cut off from direct family with no support available when you need it most.
While I'm not promising that my mother and I will heal our differences in our relationship, I am promising that I will complete a 10k Marathon Swim at the Aquatics Centre on Sunday 10th November and offer my support to anyone who is struggling to deal with family estrangement. Anyone who wishes to sponsor me will be supporting a charity that helps people who experience family estrangement, an issue that is close to my heart.
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Thank you for your fantastic support in advance.