Rhiannon to take part in charity shark swim

Shark - aspects

In June I will be taking part in a sponsored dive with sharks, in order to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The scuba dive will take place at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Chester, where I will be coming face-to-face with a variety of sharks and sting rays, including a 10ft-long Sand Tiger Shark! I have never scuba-dived before and, having always been far from a strong swimmer, I have just finished taking swimming lessons at Aston in preparation. Acorns are a local charity that provides care and much-needed assistance to life-limited children and their families. They have three hospices in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester which provide respite, emergency and end-of-life care. In addition, they operate a community team that offer further support to the whole family in their own home, including practical help, emotional support and bereavement counselling. 

            They offer these services free-of-charge to over 500 local families. However, this currently costs approximately £6million per year, so fundraising is of utmost importance. One way in which Acorns aim to raise funds is the ‘450 Challenge’ scheme, whereby volunteers take on a personal challenge in order to raise a minimum target of £450 (the daily cost of a hospice bed) in sponsorship. For further details please visit their website

So, please pledge your support to this local charity by sponsoring whatever you are able to. Every £ helps! If you would like to contribute to this worthy cause, please click here and then email the table to me at r.v.phillips@aston.ac.uk. You can also pop in to see me in the School Office (MB625).

Many thanks,

Rhiannon Phillips

Life & Health Sciences, School Office


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