On behalf of Positive Strokes - Pablo Davila will be running the Red Run 10KM on Sunday 26th November. All money raised from the run will go towards the Positive Strokes team, please donate on this page.
For more information on the race http://www.redrun.org.uk/
Positive Strokes was created in 2015 as a swimming club for HIV-positive women and men who want to train and improve their technique in an accepting and welcoming environment. The club is the swimming arm of Positive Health, a programme designed to improve HIV-positive people's fitness, self-esteem and quality of life. The programme is run by the YMCA club in central London. Qualified coaches are volunteering every week to give swimmers (beginners, intermediate and pre-club) top class training in all 4 strokes, from basic swimming techniques to perfecting tumble turns.
Since its inception, Positive Strokes has been welcoming women and men who don't always have the confidence to swim either by themselves or in a traditional swimming club, where, more often than not, their HIV status would have to be concealed. Being able to practise regularly with no secret or stigma attached, has been liberating for many people. In fact, by feeling better about themselves and being open about their status, several swimmers have considerably improved both their techniques and times and have been able to join other clubs, without the fear of underperforming or being stigmatised.
In the words on one of our swimmers, Neville: "My own experience as someone who was bit Hep C and HIV infected at the time when I started in 2009 is the best evidence and proof of the healing power of the careful, genuinely inclusive and first class training that is on offer with Positive Health and more recently with Positive Strokes, irrespective of one’s starting point. The message for all of us is simple: You Are Healthy, You Can Swim and You are as able to improve your physical abilities, fitness and performance just like anyone else and YOU ARE WELCOME."
Positive Strokes swimmers have now participated in two competitions, the Stockholm Eurogames and the GLLAM event in London. The club intends to go further in taking on more members, more volunteer coaches and participating in more competitions.
All donations received will go to help with the team's training and to help them compete in events as well as to help training coaches and to help with equipment and kit.
All donations are greatly received however big or small.
Thank you for supporting Positive Strokes. If you want to know more about it please contact Simon Randerson (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to know more about Positive Health at the YMCA, please contact Victoria Brown ( email@example.com).
Total donations: £235.00
Paul bannister 22.10.17
D'Arcy Lovel-Faison 16.08.17
£20.00 (+ £5.00 giftaid)
Philip Low 08.07.16
£5.00 (+ £1.25 giftaid)
Darcy Lovel 20.04.16
£100.00 (+ £25.00 giftaid)