Getting older is, of course, a privilege, but for some it can also be a struggle and come with challenges and losses. I'm showing my support and solidarity for older people by swimming the Serpentine to raise funds for Small Acts of Kindness who dedicate themselves to supporting older, isolated people.

As a keen long distance swimmer, and long time Peter Pan fan I'm excited for this challenge, and would love it if you could show some support for both me and SAoK.

(A small snippet for extra info is that the Serpentine Christmas swimming race was inaugurated by JM Barrie in 1913. I won't be swimming in December - just September, which I am sure is much warmer!)

Thanks in advance to anyone who supports, even if it is just in wishing me (and Jenny who is swimming with me) well.

More details on SAoK are below. 

Small Acts of Kindness reduces loneliness and isolation for vulnerable, older people with a particular interest in those who are cold in their homes. 

Sourcing, packing and distributing practical gifts and information, their aim is for every older person to feel warmer in their home, less lonely and more connected to their community. 

With your support, we can help to fill their Warm in Winter gift bags, with items that help heat the person, when they can’t afford to heat their home. Items include a fleece blanket, thermal gloves, hat and socks, hot drinks, soup and porridge as well as a comprehensive Purple Pages information pack. Together, we can help make a lasting difference to the lives of thousands of older people, one small act of kindness at a time. Roz Wyllie