Hornchurch blogger prepares for Isle of Wight swim to raise money for spinal cord charity

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 10 August 2017

Hornchurch resident Lucy Edwards is set to swim three miles to the Isle of Wight on September 2 to raise money for Aspire. Photo: Aspire

Hornchurch resident Lucy Edwards is set to swim three miles to the Isle of Wight on September 2 to raise money for Aspire. Photo: Aspire


A blogger who only learnt to swim four years ago is getting ready to take on one of the biggest challenges of her life – swimming to the Isle of Wight.

Hornchurch resident Lucy Edwards is set to swim three miles to the Isle of Wight on September 2 to raise money for Aspire. Photo: Aspire Hornchurch resident Lucy Edwards is set to swim three miles to the Isle of Wight on September 2 to raise money for Aspire. Photo: Aspire

On September 2, Lucy Edwards, of Hornchurch, is swimming three miles across the Solent to raise money for Aspire, one of the UK’s leading spinal injury charities.

A keen blogger who runs the Paddle Pedal Pace blog online about her experiences as a triathalon runner, Lucy is not ashamed to admit that the prospect of the challenge “slightly terrifies” her.

She said: “I’m really excited by the challenge of doing a point-to-point sea swim, it’s not quite as daunting as swimming the English Channel, but still will be a fantastic achievement.

“In triathlon, I enjoy the swim the most so I wanted to push myself with a stand-alone swimming event. Not many people can say they have swum to the Isle of Wight, so it’s something a bit different!”

And for Lucy, it’s been an even more impressive journey, as she only learnt to swim in June 2013.

She said: “I swim two to three times a week in the pool and now that the lakes have reopened I’m back to swimming outdoors.”

She aims to raise more than £1,000 for Aspire. The money will go towards assistive technology to allow someone with a high level injury to use a computer without the use of their hands.

Any money left over will go into a fund to help pay for two sets of adjustable furniture raisers to ensure that beds and chairs are set at the correct level for someone with a spinal injury and two Aspire independent living advisers.

These healthcare specialists spend time in a spinal injury centre offering one-to-one advice and support to newly injured patients.

Brian Carlin, Aspire CEO, added: “We are delighted that Lucy has decided to support Aspire by taking on the amazing challenge of swimming across the Solent.

“Every eight hours someone is paralysed by a spinal cord injury and our fantastic fundraisers help us to provide support to those affected, from injury to independence.”

To support Lucy and donate to the cause, visit

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