Vidyamala Burch

My challenge will be to swim 20 lengths of my local pool over 20 days. I’m going to do this in the autumn of 2020. I decided to do this as a fundraising challenge as it will help me be disciplined about my exercise, keep it regular for 20 days and it might also be fun. I enjoy swimming and there's a sauna and steam room at my local pool, so I get a bonus relaxation reward each day.

Fundraising challenges often involve extreme physical feats of endurance, but they certainly don’t need to. Swimming 20 lengths of the pool is like a gentle walk for an Olympic swimmer, but for me it is significant.

The Breathworks Foundation recognises that it is very often the people who are most in need of mindfulness and compassion training who are the least able to pay for and access it.  As the founder of The Breathworks Foundation I want to help raise funds to award scholarships and bursaries to people experiencing financial hardship. This means they are able to attend Breathworks courses and Teacher Training to learn vital life-changing skills. The Foundation also undertakes invaluable research work continually developing the already impressive evidence-base showing how effective Breathworks programmes are for people living with pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala Burch