Claire takes splash in mem­ory of cousin

Woman raises money for hospice in swimathon

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SHADOW Chan­cel­lor and west Lon­don MP John McDon­nell has been in­vited to join Jeremy Cor­byn and ad­dress thou­sands of fes­ti­val go­ers at Glas­ton­bury this year.

The Labour party duo were asked to speak at the five day fes­ti­val, with the Hayes and Har­ling­ton MP to speak on the Left Field.

Singer and ac­tivist Billy Bragg is be­hind the ar­range­ment of speak­ers at the fes­ti­val.

It will be the first time a party leader has spo­ken at Glas­ton­bury, although sev­eral union mem­bers have fea­tured at the music meets politics event.

Most peo­ple at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val will be in Glas­ton­bury on June 23, the day of the Euro­pean Union ref­er­en­dum. A HILLING­DON woman will swim in mem­ory of her ‘coura­geous’ cousin and for the hospice that nursed her dur­ing her can­cer battle.

Claire Simms will be tak­ing on the first ever swimathon in aid of Michael So­bell Hospice on Sun­day at St Helen’s School, North­wood, in mem­ory of her cousin Carol Beak­house, who lost her battle with can­cer in Jan­uary.

She is hop­ing to raise £150 in spon­sor­ship by swim­ming 200 lengths, and says that her ‘cousin’s strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion will help pull her along’.

Ms Simms said: “My cousin was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma can­cer at the age of 50 and was told she had five years to live.

“True to her spirit, courage and strength, she passed away in Michael So­bell Hospice in Jan­uary af­ter a 17-year battle with can­cer.”

There is still a chance for mem­bers of the pub­lic to join Claire at this free to en­ter swimathon.

In­di­vid­u­als and teams of all ages and abil­i­ties are wel­come to join in and take to the wa­ter from 9.30am on­wards.

Sam Heg­gie, Michael So­bell Hospice’s PR and mar­ket­ing man­ager, said: “On be­half of Michael So­bell Hospice, I’d like to say a very big thank you to St Helen’s School for host­ing our event.

“It’s a great venue, with a fan­tas­tic pool and there is room on the day for spec­ta­tors, should friends and fam­ily want to cheer on all our swim­mers.

“It prom­ises to be splash­ing good fun so why not get a team to­gether and sign up to take part to­day?”

Michael So­bell Hospice was re­cently the vic­tim of theft, when a col­lec­tion tin con­tain­ing a ‘sub­stan­tial’ amount of money was swiped from their Ruis­lip char­ity shop branch.

Or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing en­trants to raise £50 in spon­sor­ship, by ask­ing friends and fam­ily to make a do­na­tion to­wards their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

All money raised will go to­wards the vi­tal work of Michael So­bell Hospice in pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care to lo­cal pa­tients fac­ing life- lim­it­ing ill­ness.

You can reg­is­ter on­line for the event at http:// w w w. m i c h a e l s o b e l l, by call­ing 020 3826 2367 for an en­try form, or sim­ply pop along to St Helen’s School re­cep­tion to pick up a reg­is­tra­tion form.

If you would pre­fer not to swim but can spare a few hours to lend a help­ing hand as a vol­un­teer on the day, the Michael So­bell Hospice fundrais­ing team is look­ing for peo­ple to help out dur­ing the event from 9am to 12.30pm.

If you can spare a few hours, please con­tact Ophe­lia Cham­bers-Henry on 020 3826 2362.

n CHAL­LENGE: Claire Simms will be tak­ing on Michael So­bell Hospice’s first swimathon

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