Salford’s Selfless Hero is Swimming to Success

20 January 2014

After being seriously injured in a hit and run accident which left him requiring surgery, a remarkable 11 year old boy from Salford, Manchester has raised in excess of £10,000 for local charities.

Despite being told he would never play his beloved football again following the incident outside his school, Willow Tree in 2011, Ethan Evans has not let that hold him back.

Although he was devastated when he found out he would never play football again, his physiotherapist recommended that he take up swimming to help him rebuild his muscles, and also as a way of taking part in some sporting activity.

He joined Salford Swimming Club and found himself not only improving his muscle strength again, but also doing tremendously well for his club. He had a natural talent. Training 6 times a week from the moment he had the strength to, Ethan dedicated his time to swimming, becoming stronger and more able.

Soon he wasn't just winning medals, he was breaking club records.

In his first competitive swimming event he won three silver medals which gave him a much needed confidence boost. Soon he wasn’t just winning medals, he was breaking club records. Although Ethan has recently been spending a lot of his time taking part in fundraising activities, he still manages to keep achieving in his swimming.

He is currently the fastest 11 year old for the 100m Butterfly in his region and has also broken two club records. He now holds the fastest times at Salford Swimming Club for his age group in the 100m fly, which stood for seven years, and the 100m backstroke, which stood for 19.

Ethan might be an 11 year old boy attending school and taking part in competitive events with his swimming club, but somehow he still finds time to continue raising money for those who need it most.

His most recent endeavour in 2013 saw him raise £5,500 for St Ann’s Hospice who treated his late grandmother for cancer some 15 years previously. For the fundraising event, Ethan took part in a junior triathlon which involved swimming a mile, running three miles and cycling three miles back to back.

Earlier in the year he also completed a 1.5 mile swim for the Royal Manchester Children’s hospital where a boy he knew was being treated for Leukaemia. He raised an impressive £3,600 for the Cancer Care Unit. For this he was awarded an Outstanding Sport Achievement at the Youth Heroes Salford awards.

While he has already taken his fundraising activities further than most, Ethan just won’t stop giving. This year he hopes to raise money for Francis House Children’s Hospice to make this his 4th fundraising event in three years.

Helping others is something that most people only think about, but Ethan sets an example for us all.

A fundraising idea coined by Ethan himself involves donations of 1 and 2 pence pieces. The total tally so far stands at 23 jars, with a charity night also planned at the Royal British Legion in Salford. Although he has not placed a specific target for this, according to his grandfather, Edwin Green, he hopes for it once again to reach the thousands.

Helping others is something that most people only think about, but Ethan sets an example for us all. 

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