Making a Big Splash for charity and for me!

09 March 2012

Celia Lewis from Shrewsbury hasn’t let a string of illnesses and lengthy hospital stays slow her down. At almost 60 years old, Celia who has had operations on her kidneys, gall bladder and abdomen and also suffers from asthma, has many fundraising accolades under her belt. These include a London marathon, a parachute jump and a 36 mile walk carrying water and her participation in harrowing challenges isn’t about to stop there.

On 29 April Celia will join thousands of swimmers as she takes part in the Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief, part of the Swimathon Weekend.  The event is taking place in 650 pools across the UK from 27 to 29 April and gives swimmers a personal challenge, a goal to train for and some great causes to support.  The Big Splash Mile for Sport Relief will raise money for people living incredibly tough lives both in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Celia said: “Keeping mobile seems to be the best way to manage my health issues. I don’t do anything very quickly, but try to persevere and achieve my goal.

“I try to take part in a fundraising every year and a few years ago I did a mini triathlon which involved swimming but I could only manage breaststroke. Taking part in the Big Splash Mile will be a great way to push myself in the pool, learn a new stroke and raise money for a fantastic cause!

“I attend a swimming class once a week to learn front crawl and I also swim once a week by myself to get the practice in.  So far I can swim half a mile but I’m also following the Big Splash Mile Swimfit training plan to help me to prepare for the challenge by building up to the 64 lengths. 

“Previously my friends, family and work colleagues have been extremely supportive of my fundraising and on occasions I’ve raised more than £1,000. I hope to raise a decent sum of money for Sport Relief too. This is a real challenge for me but on the day I’m just going to take the plunge and get stuck in!”

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