Sponsor Our Tracey and Simon to Swim a Mile Across Lake Windermere​

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On Saturday 11th June 2022, our co-founders, Tracey and Simon West will be wetsuit-clad, raising funds for Word Forest – cheer them on with a donation or a post share!

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In 2009 and 2010, our CEO Tracey swam a mile across Lake Windermere and the River Thames respectively, fundraising for a charity close to her heart: the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.

Shortly thereafter, she married her soulmate, fellow environmentalist, Simon, also our Chair of Trustees and resident super-geek. They founded Word Forest in 2017 and they’ve been on a constant journey trying to find innovative and exciting ways to raise money to plant trees in the tropics, ever since.

Tracey explains: “We’re always so grateful when people do a sponsored event to raise money for us. The last two years have been quiet because of the pandemic but I’m thrilled to say the tide has turned! Thankfully, our amazing supporters are getting back out there doing fundraisers for us to make the world well. I thought to myself, I’ve done it before, I know I’m 13 years older but I’m still above ground, I want to do it again. I knew Simon would support me but I was secretly hoping he’d be up for it too and he was!”

Simon adds “Sport was always something other people did, but once I got started in the gym and the pool, I was hooked. I fully intend living a long and happy life with Tracey, so getting fitter and staying healthy is vital. We’ve eaten a fully plant-based diet for 6 years and that has made a great difference. A challenge like this gives me something definite to work towards and, aside from everything else, it’s quite exciting being part of such a big event”.

Chart Their Progress: Tune into The SwimCast Podcast

Tracey and Simon met back in 2007 as volunteer broadcasters on hospital radio. They’ve almost 3 decades of broadcasting experience between them, writing, producing and presenting all manner of shows, including live outside broadcasts. When they started Word Forest, they had to park their passion for the airwaves and focus on the charity. 

When Tracey suggested producing a short daily podcast to chart their  journey to the mile across Windermere, Simon loved it! 

Later that day, Episode One went out on Amazon MusicAnchorApple PodcastsCastboxGoogle PodcastsOvercastPocket Cast, Radio PublicSpotify and Stitcher.

These short, sweet, fly on the wall moments are out there right now for your audible entertainment! Our only ask? If you like what you hear, please send to a friend and let’s inspire as many people as we can to buy a tree or two, or to do a similar sponsored challenge to raise funds for Word Forest.

Mother Nature is holding a stopwatch and she’s counting on us all!

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