Read about the Kellogg’s/ASA Fundraiser of the Year from the Kelloggs/ASA Swimtastic Awards 2009.
Presented to an individual or group who have raised money for good causes through swimming.
Amy Addison and Thomas Pack
Age: Both 11
Live: Wellingborough, North Hants
A year ago, Amy started suffering from mobility problems, often reduced to tears from the pain of walking and moving. She was eventually diagnosed with hyper mobility problems (which affect the strength of her muscles) and spent two weeks at Great Ormond Street hospital in London. After the hospital helped to get Amy’s pain under control, she decided she wanted to give something back so, as a member of Wellingborough Swimming Club, she teamed up with her friend Thomas and decided to embark on a fundraising swimathon.
Amy was in unbearable pain from swimming but fought to overcome this in order to raise £1,000 for the physiotherapy department at Great Ormond Street. They each swam 3,000 metres in just over an hour.
Lives: Bidulph, Staffordshire
Peggy only learnt to swim when she was 65, proving it’s never too late to get into the pool. Since then she has swum over 1,800 miles and has used this new skill to raise over £8,000 for various charities including Staffordshire Air Ambulance and Muscular Dystrophy.
Derek started swimming in his teens but started swimming long distances in his early 40s. It was around this time he began competing in some of the earliest ‘Swimathon’ fundraising events and over the years he has taken part in numerous swims, including 2009’s race. He has also raised money for a number of other causes including organising swims in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Minstead project (that cares for people with learning disabilities) and Naomi House Children’s Hospice.