Peter takes the plunge to help people with spinal cord injuries in big swim

By Eleanor McGillie

September 15, 2023

ONE of Worldwide Financial Planning’s independent financial advisers is to brave the tides and currents on September 23 as he takes the plunge into the Solent for a swim which will raise money to help people paralysed with spinal cord injuries.

Peter Cunio, who is based in the firm’s Southampton office, turns 65 this year, so, to mark the occasion, he has set himself the challenge of swimming the Solent to the Isle of Wight in a popular swimming challenge organised by charity Aspire.

The Solent is the main stretch of water separating mainland England from the Isle of Wight. The distance Peter will be swimming, weather dependent, will be three miles, depending on the tides, shipping and being able to swim in a straight line.

Speaking about his upcoming challenge, Peter said: “Every four hours someone in the UK is paralysed by a spinal cord injury. It can happen to anyone at any time and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help, supporting spinal cord injured people from injury to independence.

“I just thought, as I am turning 65, I would like to do something to help people who are paralysed as a result of spinal injuries. This is a brilliant challenge and I am pleased that I am able to do it.

“Any donation to my JustGiving page is gratefully received and thank you to everyone who has already donated.”

Andrew Ogierman, Challenge Events Manager, said: “Aspire has been arranging Solent swims for over a decade, safely escorting over 400 people across to the Isle of Wight and raising just under £1 million in support of people paralysed by spinal cord injury, something we are immensely proud of.”

To make a donation to Peter’s challenge please do so by following the link below.



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