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Amanda’s Great North Swim!

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Amanda River

Fundraising to support survivors of complex trauma, who are affected by Disscociative Identity Disorder

Raising money for
First Person Plural

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I am a survivor of extreme child sexual abuse and exploitation. As a result of my experiences, I live with complex-PTSD and polyfragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder. 

As a child I couldn’t escape what was happening to me, nor could I withstand the severity of the abuse, so I did the only thing I could do; I ran away in my mind. 

After years of severe mental and emotional distress, and a decade long battle with an eating disorder that almost took my life, I decided it was time to stop running. I sought specialist help, and I turned to face the monsters of my past. 

The journey to recovery has been painful and hard, and at times more overwhelmingly awful than I believed I could possibly bear. But as I do the work of healing my past, I am becoming stronger and my hope for the future is bright. 

Early in my recovery , I became a member of First Person Plural. The support and understanding I found there became a vital source of hope and healing. 

Support for complex trauma survivors like me is scarce, and understanding of Dissociative Disorders is lacking. FPP specialises in making sure our voices are heard.

Event details

Swimming 2 miles of Lake Windermere

On the 9th June I will be joining 10,000 open water swimmers and taking part in the Great North Swim! The challenge involves swimming 2 miles (125 lengths) of Lake Windermere.

For me, swimming in open water has always felt like coming home. I feel truly alive and at peace in the cold and quiet of a deep lake, surrounded by trees and mountains. Swimming for 2 miles, however, with thousands of people, will be a challenge! 

Beyond the normal challenges of stamina, endurance, and the fear of “things” hiding beneath the surface, there are particular challenges I will have to overcome.

The sheer volume of swimmers and spectators will be scary. I’ll need to manage the  panic I feel when water splashes in my face, and to overcome my claustrophobia so I can tolerate wearing a wetsuit. The flash of cameras pointed at me is  likely to be very triggering. I also have instability in my pelvis which causes pain that I will need to cope with on the day. Preparing psychologically will be even more important than my physical training! 

This is a huge challenge, but I believe I can do it! And I know the funds I raise will help other survivors in their recovery. 

Event date

09-June-2019 08:00  - 
09-June-2019 19:00

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Event is completed


Donation by Fd
on 21-06-2019
£7.50 gift aid
So proud of you, Anna, thank you for braving this adventure to support fpp. Really impressed by your open, honest, courageous statement. Marvlus! On We Swim ~*~*~*~
Donation by bw
on 07-06-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Best of luck Amanda
Donation by Anonymous
on 30-03-2019
£2.50 gift aid
Met you at estduk conference in york. Wishing you all the best for a wonderful swim.
Donation by Anonymous
on 24-03-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Hope it goes well.
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-02-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 10-02-2019
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 07-02-2019
£0.00 gift aid
Good luck Amanda, you're swimming for a great cause. You've overcome so many challenges already and this time it's a great one you've chosen for yourself. Wishing you All the best. Don't forget to pack the goosefat! 😉 Kat
Donation by Kat F
on 27-01-2019
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck to you Amanda.
Donation by Anonymous
on 27-01-2019
Well done for having the courage and strength to face this task. I know you can do it.
Donation by Quinn
on 26-01-2019
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £706.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £706.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £801.00

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