Channel challenge for charity fundraiser Anne
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