Growth Mindset Podcast

105: Challenge Yourself to Change the World - Leah Chowdhry, 1st British Asian woman to swim the channel, CEO Pop Up Party and Play

April 20th, 2020

Leah Chowdhry

‘He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right’ - Confucius

Founder and CEO of an award-winning childcare company, ‘Pop Up, Party & Play’. Leah's comapany provides mobile childcare and in doing so help to make childcare more accessible. They also offer children a safe, stimulating and exciting environment so they have as much fun as their parents can work or enjoy their corporate conference. You can see Pop Up, Party & Play popping at workspaces, members’ clubs, corporate events and special events.

Leah completed the gruelling 30-mile English Channel swim in 13 degrees water in just under 15 hours on July 4th, 2018, becoming one of the first young British Asian women to achieve the amazing feat. A national-level swimmer when she was younger, Leah started training to swim in the English Channel in early 2017. Also speaking about the preparation, Leah said she had to put on weight because the biggest risk of swimming the English Channel was dying of hyperthermia.

On her first trip to India aged just 7, Leah couldn’t bear to see the way children were suffering. It was especially difficult as some were even the same age as her. These children don’t get a say in their lives. It was at that moment Leah decided that she needed to make a difference. She started small, giving up fizzy drinks and sweets, but still she managed to raise £1,000 by going out and voicing her concern. Since then, Leah has been constantly involved in charity work. Her determination to help children, particularly vulnerable children, only grows.

Leah, along with The British Asian Trust, aimed to raise funds for a project run by The British Asian Trust, and she managed to raise over £50,000 with help from family and friends. Both parties are working in the red light districts of Mumbai to protect children vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. The organisation runs three night care centres for such children who are at risk, as well as shelter homes and a residential training centre for the rescued girls.

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My name is Sam Harris. I am a British entrepreneur, investor and explorer. From hitchhiking across Kazakstan to programming AI doctors I am always pushing myself in the spirit of curiosity and Growth. My background is in Biology and Psychology with a passion for improving the world and human behaviour. I have built and sold companies from an early age and love coming up with unique ways to make life more enjoyable and meaningful.



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