Chan­nel chal­lenge for char­ity fundraiser Anne

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A Cam­bus­lang woman is hop­ing to make a splash with some char­ity fundrais­ing.

Anne Flan­ni­gan is do­ing spon­sored swimathon for the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Chil­dren with Heart Dis­or­ders - and aims to swim the length of the English Chan­nel over the com­ing months.

It’s not the first time Anne has taken part in char­ity fundrais­ing, as she did a tan­dem spon­sored parachute jump in the 1990s which raised just un­der £1000.

Anne said: “Most peo­ple will know me as an ac­tive mem­ber with the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park but I have been in­volved for 30 years with a char­ity called the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Chil­dren with Heart Dis­or­ders, which is a sup­port group run by par­ents and friends who have chil­dren with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­or­ders.

“I got in­volved when I worked with John Fe­gan, who lives in Cam­bus­lang, and for many years I was the Glas­gow sec­re­tary. Sadly John and Esther’s son Scot died when he was 16. He was a pupil at Cathkin High School and each year a Scot Fe­gan Achieve­ment Award is still pre­sented at the school.

“One of the mums, Pauline Dun­can, who is also the sec­re­tary for the Glas­gow branch, has a son with a se­ri­ous heart de­fect which will re­sult in him need­ing a trans­plant when he is older.

“She de­cided that she would do a swimathon over a pe­riod of time which would be equiv­a­lent to swim­ming the English Chan­nel, 22 miles.

“Mem­bers of her fam­ily and some friends de­cided to do the swim as well which con­sists of 1416 laps of a 25me­tre pool. When I got the info about the swim I de­cided that I could per­haps achieve this as well in a joint ven­ture with my grand­son Matthew to help me.”

Pauline was de­lighted to learn that other sup­port­ers of the char­ity were will­ing to help her in the fundrais­ing.

She said: “My­self, Pamela Lorimer, An­nmarie Hep­per, An­nmarie Love, Barry Mcleod, John Millen and Anne Flan­ni­gan and fam­ily are rais­ing funds for the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Chil­dren With Heart Dis­or­ders.

“This char­ity pro­vides life­sav­ing equip­ment to Yorkhill’s car­di­ol­ogy depart­ment and car­diac ward. They also pro­vide sup­port to fam­i­lies and hold free events for chil­dren through­out the year.

“My in­spi­ra­tion for this swimathon is of course my own son Craig, who was born with an in­cur­able heart de­fect which has left him with half a func­tion­ing heart.”

Anne added: “I started my swim last Thurs­day by do­ing 20 lengths, on Fri­day, 30 lengths, and on Sun­day, 45 lengths.

“Matthew, who will be 12 later this month, is help­ing me. He did five lengths on Sun­day and his dad Les did 11 be­fore hav­ing some pool fun with the floats. “I still have 1305 lengths to go.” A page has been set up on­line where peo­ple can back Anne.

Visit https://my­do­nate.bt.com/fundrais­ers/an­neflan­na­gan1 to sup­port her.

Anne added: “If any­one who spon­sors me and wants to do­nate, if they pay tax, re­mem­ber to tick the box as it adds to their do­na­tion.”

Visit www.young­heart.info for more de­tails about the char­ity.

Char­ity swim Anne Flan­ni­gan from Cam­bus­lang is aim­ing to swim the length of the English Chan­nel

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