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In Which I’ll Be FATGIRLswim For Sport Relief #SR16

Sainsbury's Sport Relief 2016 Logo

My body’s a little broken, I’m pretty sure we’re all aware of that by now.

And two years back, I was living in a much rougher area than I was right now, still unemployed, and at the point where I was so broke that I was dumpster diving for food.

Luckily, my body’s not so broken that it can’t get me places – it got me plenty of places back then, and then started failing me again.

Right now, I feel like I’m doing sort-of-okay: my weight loss isn’t going great, but in terms of health, other than trying to adjust to a new sleeping schedule and everything that entails, I’m doing okay. My broken body can do stuff that other broken bodies can’t, and I’m thankful for that. I’m thankful for my strong legs, and my strong arms, even if my spine’s not as good as it could be.

So I decided to do something. I’m going to try to raise some money for Sport Relief, which is a UK-based charity, which raises money not just for UK-based people, using my kind-of-broken body. Three days before my 33rd birthday, I’ll be swimming 1.5km (1 mile) in Blantyre, and then, two days before my 33rd birthday, I’ll be walking and/or jogging – depending on how I’m feeling that day – 3 miles in Hamilton.

Which is where I need your help.

I need to raise money, otherwise it’s pointless! My friend Karen has started the fund off with £5, but I know we can all do much better than that.

And if you can spare the cash – any amount would be wonderful! – please head over to the Sport Relief Giving Pages as follows:

I’m also swimming a mile every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday up until the event itself, as well as however many miles I end up walking to and from the pool – generally I end up with over 3 miles on swimming days – so imagine, if you will, that I will end up swimming more than half a marathon, and walking more than that, in the training.

I am not an athlete. But I would like to help out those less fortunate than I am, if at all possible.