Mum’s swim­ming chal­lenge in mem­ory of her daugh­ter

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - By Megan Cox megan.cox@trin­i­tymir­

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.just­giv­­dle­ton11

Pic­tured, from left to right, are Naomi’s sis­ter Max­ine, Naomi, and Michelle Mid­dle­ton.

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