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Swimming On Aire Finish Line
Laura finishes her challenge
Champions come in many forms. But in January of 2017, I undertook the challenge of becoming a Mariposa Fundraising Champion. This involved doing my best to raise £500 in a year for Saying Goodbye, a division of the Mariposa Trust who support people through miscarriage and baby loss.

I first came across Saying Goodbye in 2016 in the wake of 2 miscarriages. They provide services across the country and internationally for people to acknowledge the babies they lost and help people to find a way through their grief.

Attending the service in Bradford in October 2016 was a huge turning point in my journey and it really helped me to be able to move on. So when the opportunity to help the charity arose, I took it.

Over the course of 2017 I took on the challenge to swim the equivalent length of the River Aire, 114km (about 70 miles) in local pools.

On Friday 22nd December at Keighley Leisure Centre, I swam the final 750m to complete this distance.

Laura and family - 22 December 2017
It has been fun, it has been hard, it has been cathartic, but above all, it has been an honour to raise money for such a worthy cause.

At the end of the year, I have raised a total of £1215, and to all those who have donated and to all those who have supported me through this challenge, I want to say a massive thank you.

We will never know what a difference raising this money and raising awareness of this charity and the topic of miscarriage will make. But it made a huge difference to my life, and if I can help one person through doing what I have done, it has been worth it.

If you would like to find out more about Saying Goodbye then go to www.sayinggoodbye.org or search for Saying Goodbye on social media.

And while my challenge is over, my fundraising page is still open for a few more weeks, so if you are able to and would like to donate to this amazing cause, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/laurawarren1

Article written by Laura Warren

Swimming On Aire Finish Line, 4th January 2018, 21:19 PM