Hi, I am Rob Evans and I’m doing these swims to raise awareness of the importance of giving blood and platelets and also to raise funds so that researchers can gain a better understanding of Platelet Function Disorders (PFDs). I understand that not everyone can afford to give money to charities as they have their own expenses however giving blood and platelets is free. Everyone expects that should they need it, blood will available for them and if, worse still, they should be unfortunate enough to develop cancer they would expect platelets to be available to them too. This is only the case if people take the time to donate blood and/or platelets.
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My objective is to raise awareness and for those that can afford it, raise some money for this charity as well as Aspire and Haven Hospices – all great causes.
To briefly explain, platelets are blood cells critical to blood clotting, which is the process that stops bleeding. When a person has a PFD or if cancer and/or cancer treatment causes a person’s platelet level to fall too low, a transfusion may be given to reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening bleeding.
My challenges start on Sunday June 14th with a 2 mile swim in Windermere.
Sunday June 28th at 4 am I will take part in a 2km swim at sunrise in the Thames in Henley, organised ahead of the Henley Regatta, following that course. Note I will return to Nottingham at 4pm for my monthly platelets donation (plenty of time!)
Saturday 4th July I will complete a 1 mile swim in Salford Quays.
Sunday July 12th I will swim 3.3km around Southend Pier – the longest pier in the world. This swim is organised by Haven Hospices. http://www.havenshospices.org.uk/fund_raising/events/Something+Different/greatpierswim
Saturday 29th August I will be in Loch Lomond, Scotland to swim 2 miles in the Loch.
And last but by no means least September 19th will be my Solent Swim which will be a 3 mile swim from Key Haven on the South Coast of England to Totland Bay across the Solent on the Isle of Wight. This swim is organised by Aspire and monies raised will be split between Aspire and The Platelet Charity.
I am paying all travel costs and entry fees myself so that 100% of the money raised will go to The Platelet Charity, Aspire and Haven Hospices.