On Saturday 07 July, Chris Ellett, Transformation Director at Well Pharmacy, took part in the Media City UK Swim Challenge at Salford Quays. After months of hard training, he completed the gruelling 15km open water swimming marathon.
Chris is pushing himself to his limits this year by committing to 12 physically-challenging events in 12 months to raise money for the Stroke Association.
From skydives to marathons, 2018 is action packed for Chris, and all for a very good cause. The Stroke Association is Well Pharmacy’s official charity partnership this year, with a goal to collectively raise £250,000 as a business. Supporting this pledge and just six months in, Chris has managed to raise over £4,600 through his JustGiving page.
Chris said “Giving up swimming lessons at an early age was something I regretted doing. After receiving lessons with Dave Quartermain from USwim as a birthday gift a couple of years ago, it has been life changing, and my enthusiasm for sports and events is stronger than ever. Although the open swim was probably the biggest challenge of them so far, this year, it has been so rewarding for me personally”.
Louise Simonian, Regional Fundraising Manager at the Stroke Association, commented: “There are around 1.2 million people in the UK who are living with the devastating impact of stroke. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time, and it turns lives upside down in an instant.
“Chris is a hero taking on this gruelling year of challenges, and we were there cheering him on this weekend at the Open Water Swim in Salford – he did an amazing job! We’re extremely grateful to have such energetic and dedicated support from Chris and Well Pharmacy, which will go a long way in helping stroke survivors and their families to rebuild their lives.”
Chris’s next challenge is the Salford Triathlon at the end of the month, on the 29 July.
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