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Emma’s virtual channel challenge

Posted on 15 December 2016

Emma Woods undertakes a personal challenge to swim the distance of the English Channel and help raise funds for Pilgrims Hospices care in east Kent.

Emma said: “I am challenging myself to swim the channel which is 22 miles in 6 weeks commencing 3rd December and would love your support by donating to Pilgrims Hospices. I have chosen Pilgrims Hospices as they do such great work supporting families through difficult times. My family have been on the recieving end of the great support they provide a couple of times and the charity has had a special place in my heart ever since.”

“This challenge is also a great milestone for me, this time last year I struggled to even kick my legs in water due to chronic pain/nerve issues in my knee. After two rounds of genicular nerve blocks I am now relatively pain free so I am eager to challenge myself and help the charity along the way. I am doing my swim at Bannatynes in Broadstairs.”  Caroline Dixon, community fundraising officer for Pilgrims Hospices said; “I think Emma is amazing to be undertaking this swimming challenge and raising money for our charity, she’s a very brave lady.”

If you would like to sponsor Emma visit her Just Giving page. 

Care is provided from Pilgrims three sites in Canterbury, Ashford and Thanet, in patients’ homes and in the community. This autumn the charity launched a new service to help people with a life limiting illness to access the support they need earlier. The Wellbeing and Social Programme is free for anyone in the later stages of a life limiting illness and aims to enhance their wellbeing in mind and body.

If Emma has inspired you to take up a challenge or help to support Pilgrims Hospices, you can click here to find out how you can help.


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