A RESIDENT from Reading is going to take part in his third relay channel swim for charity.

Colin Palmer plans to take part in the relay in June, and has raised more than £2,000 so far for Aspire, a national charity supporting people with spinal chord injuries.

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Colin said: “My training was going really well when my local pool was still open, but since the latest lockdown started, I have been limited to long walks with the dog.

"I am looking forward to lockdown coming to an end so I can get back to training.

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“I am delighted to have already raised almost £2,000 for Aspire and am now thinking about doing a sponsored head shave to boost my fundraising, as my hair hasn’t been cut since the start of the pandemic so there is plenty to shave!"

Aspire helps people who have been paralysed by spinal chord injury, including accessible housing, independent living, welfare benefits advice, assistive technology, and money matters.

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Colin added: "My association with Aspire goes back a while so I have seen the work they do. Spinal cord injuries do not discriminate.

"The NHS can do a great job of rehabilitation but so much more is needed to adapt after the injury, and I am proud to have contributed.”

To donate to Colin, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Colin-Palmer19.