I am on a mission to raise money for my swim club – Derwentside.
Covid-19 has had a huge impact on everyone this last year in so many ways. My teammates and I have been unable to take part in the sport we love. Due to the nature of swimming it’s much harder than many sports to carry on from home. Sadly, the Club have been unable to run any Galas and as a result have lost over £20,000 in income. Any money I raise will help the Club to continue to have a future for motivated, committed and talented swimmers, volunteers, coaches and the local community.
Derwentside Swimming Club has helped me so much, especially over the last year. My family have shielded for most of it to keep my Mum safe (who is classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’). The club have organised sessions to help us continue to train the best we can. We’ve had fun bingo nights, quizzes and presentations to help us learn and keep motivated. All of this has really kept me going and helped me find some hope and positivity in this very tough time. This has also put me in a better position to support others too.
So now it’s my turn to give something back!
I have set myself a challenge to complete an ‘alternative’ Pentathlon. One after another I will complete the following:
- 5K run
- 5K cycle
- 5k wheelchair push (that’s me in my Mum’s wheelchair)
- 5k pushing my Mum
- 5k walking and supporting my Mum to complete the distance herself.
To add to all the fun, I will be doing all of the above wearing my swim race suit, Derwentside swim hat and goggles and carrying a Derwentside flag!
This is not only a physical challenge for me but will also help me understand some of the challenges my Mum and other disabled people face every day. For those of you who don’t know my Mum, she has a muscle wasting condition affecting her whole body (Spinal Muscular Atrophy). She uses a wheelchair, but her arms are also very weak. Completing 5k in her chair will probably be one of the toughest things she’s done, (especially as she’s only been in the house, car or hospital for the last year), but I will be there to help her through.
As well as the Pentathlon I will be baking for friends and family to raise as much as I can.
Thank you for reading this. I’d be so grateful if you could please support my Mum and I in this challenge by making a donation.
I promise we won’t let you down!