03 Sep 2015

Summer-long challenge all going swimmingly for buoyant fundraiser

Rob Evans

Throughout the summer, super-fit sales director Rob Evans has been making a huge fundraising splash at open water swimming events up and down the country.

Rob, 46, from Nottingham, is raising money for the Platelet Charity which funds medical research into platelet function disorders and strives to make more people understand why giving blood is so vital.

So far he has competed in open swim races in the Thames, in Salford Quays, off Southend Pier, Lake Windermere and in the Cornish sea at Port Isaac. Next on his schedule is a two-mile swim in Loch Lomond.

After that, Rob will head down to Portsmouth on September 19th for the three mile Solent swim across to the Isle of Wight.

Buoyant mood

“The swims are all going perfectly so far,” reports Rob. “I’ve been lucky with the weather and my fundraising is working out really well. I’m so grateful to everyone who is supporting me and the Platelet Charity.”

The charity helps sufferers of Platelet Function Disorders (PFDs). Platelets are small cells in the blood and they play a crucial role in clotting by clumping together and forming clots at the site of an injury. PFDs occur when the platelets are not functioning properly.

Says Rob: “This is a brilliant charity and I am proud to associated with it. Not everybody can afford to donate money but most of us could give blood. I mean, even my dog gives blood. Unfortunately only four per cent of people do. It should be more.”

Water hero

He adds: “I’ve been using MyDonate for online fundraising and I know the Platelet Charity uses the service because it’s free and secure. To me that’s really important.”

Rob is hoping to raise around £10,000 for his swimming efforts and he is well on the way to achieving that.

Janet Richards, chief executive of the Platelet Charity, says: “We are incredibly grateful for Rob’s fundraising through these open water swims. The generosity of his sponsors means that we can fund research grants to help diagnosis and treatment of people with bleeding disorders caused by their platelets not working properly.”

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