Rosie Allen-Jones charity swim

News - Publishing Friday, 11 August 2017

10 km swim to raise money for Spires, which helps homeless and vulnerable people with life skills including literacy

Rosie Allen-Jones is aiming raise £2,000 for the charity in South London, where she works, through a sponsored swim in the river Dart, Devon, in September.

So far supporters have pledged £260 on her just giving page:

On the page, Rosie, daughter of well-known literary scout Louise Allen-Jones, talks about her motivation for the swim.

'July 2017 marked 10 years since I jumped into the sea in Croatia and broke my back. Swimming has played a huge part in my recovery from that accident, so there seems no better way to mark this anniversary than to enter the 10Km swim down the River Dart and raise money for Spires.

'Spires helps over 800 homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in South London every year. We work to improve the quality of life of those who are homeless or insecurely housed, unemployed, sex working or suffering from the effects of poverty, mental ill-health and loneliness. Through providing one-to-one support and a variety of holistic services, including adult education in literacy, basic skills, well-being and employability courses, Spires strives to offer the best support to those most vulnerable in our community.

'Having worked for Spires for over three years, I really can say that the staff's dedication to improving the lives of our clients is outstanding and that the money I raise will go directly to supporting the amazing work that they do.'

Rosie Allen-Jones also runs a book club for homeless charity Crisis

The Dart 10k, organised by the The Outdoor Swimming Society, runs from Totnes to Dittisham on the Dart and is now in its 8th year, attracting up to 1,600 swimmers.

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