Mum’s swimming challenge in memory of her daughter
A LOUGHBOROUGH mum is taking on a charity swimming challenge to mark her daughter’s birthday, who suffered a fatal asthma attack.
Michelle Middleton, (50), of Morris Close, Loughborough, is to swim 100 lengths across two days - Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3 - at Loughborough Leisure Centre.
She told the Echo she picked the ‘100’ number as her daughter Naomi was born on the 10th of the 10th (October 10).
Michelle told the Echo Naomi, who would have been 28 this year, died in January 2016 after suffering an asthma attack.
She said: “It was just after Christmas and the New Year, which we spent together.
“She woke up one morning quite breathless and she couldn’t find her ventilator.
“It was a very cold morning and by the time it had been found she had gone into cardiac arrest. It was too late by the time she got to the hospital.
“It was very unexpected and I just went into shock. I felt numb and couldn’t believe it, I thought they had the wrong person.
“I was just devastated, especially as she had two young children.”
Michelle told the Echo this is the first time she has undertaken a fundraising challenge in Naomi’s memory.
She said: “It was still very raw last year but I wanted to do something to highlight how important taking the medication is and highlight the seriousness of asthma.
“I have asthma but I’ve grown out of it a bit, but it has made me more aware of having my medication with me.
“I decided this year I wanted to swim as I’m quite a strong swimmer. I’m going to do 50 lengths one day and 50 the next.
“I especially wanted to do it in October, approaching her birthday.
“I’m going to fundraise for Asthma UK and I’m hoping to get around £200.”
• Michelle’s JustGiving page can be found at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michelle-middleton11
Pictured, from left to right, are Naomi’s sister Maxine, Naomi, and Michelle Middleton.