THE OBSERVER’S reporter Chris Shimwell took the plunge today (August 29) after being nominated in the ice bucket challenge that is sweeping the globe.
The charity fundraising stunt originated in the USA, with people originally taking the opportunity to raise money to support those with motor neurone disease.
However, many people are now taking the opportunity to raise money for other charities.
Chris chose to donate to the PSP Association, a charity proving support for people diagnosed with two devastating brain diseases – progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and cortico basal degeneration (CBD).
“When I was nominated yesterday my immediate reaction was ‘oh no, the moment I’ve been dreading’,” said Chris.
“I thought I would either look like a spoilsport if I refused to do it or like it was peer pressure if I went ahead and took the challenge.
“But the more I thought about it, the keener I got as I realised what a great chance it would be to raise a little bit more awareness of a charity that most people have never heard of.
“My uncle was diagnosed with CBD some time ago and since then the charity has really helped to support him and many more.
“I just want to get the word out about it so people are more aware of the disease and its symptoms and so it doesn’t take such a long time to diagnose.”
Chris is aiming to do the Great South Run in October, in aid of the PSP Association, and has a fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/ChrisShimwell.
To find out more about the charity, visit www.pspassociation.org.uk.
He also nominated the Observer’s deputy content editor Sheena Campbell and the district commander of Chichester Police Justin Burtenshaw to complete the challenge.