Anne go­ing to great lengths

Swim equiv­a­lent of English Chan­nel

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Kenny Smith

A Cam­bus­lang woman has swum the length of the English Chan­nel – with­out hav­ing to go any fur­ther than Ruther­glen.

Anne Flannigan has swum 1416 lengths of the 25m South La­nark­shire Lifestyle pool for the ben­e­fit of a char­ity.

Well- known as an ac­tive mem­ber of the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park, for the last 30 years Anne has been in­volved with a char­ity called the Scot­tish As­so­ci­a­tion for Chil­dren with Heart Dis­or­ders, a sup­port group run by par­ents and friends who have chil­dren with con­gen­i­tal heart dis­or­ders.

As a re­sult, she has been tak­ing part in the swimming event to raise funds for the char­ity.

Anne ex­plained: “I had to put it on hold for about five weeks as I had a bad chest in­fec­tion which lin­gered a while.

“My grand­son Matthew, who is 12, was help­ing me to do the swim, and he com­pleted 100 lengths and I did 1316 lengths – we fin­ished it to­gether on Fri­day.

“I would like to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one who do­nated to my just giv­ing page. “It is very much ap­pre­ci­ated.” So far, Anne has raised al­most £500.

Anne orig­i­nally be­came in­volved with the group through her friends John and Es­ther Fe­gan, from Cam­bus­lang, whose son Scot died when he was 16. For many years she was the Glas­gow sec­re­tary.

She ex­plained: “The as­so­ci­a­tion is a sup­port group run by par­ents whose own chil­dren have heart dis­or­ders, there are no paid work­ers.

“One of my friends in the group Pauline Dun­can ini­ti­ated the thought of do­ing the swim and I de­cided it was some­thing I could achieve and at the same time raise money for the char­ity, who not only sup­port fam­i­lies, but also raise funds for equip­ment that is not al­ways avail­able through the nor­mal NHS chan­nels.

“Pauline’s in­spi­ra­tion is her old­est son Craig, who was born with an in­cur­able heart de­fect which has left him with half a func­tion­ing heart.

“As well as the swim Pauline has gone on to run the equiv­a­lent of a marathon and is about to do the Adren­a­line Rush Chal­lenge at Pol­lok Park on July 25.”

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.”

To sup­port Anne in her fundrais­ing, visit www.my­do­nate.bt.com/fundrais­ers/an­neflan­na­gan1.

It was some­thing I could achieve and raise money at the same time

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as East­field of the English chan­nel by only go­ing as far

Chal­lenge

Lifestyle pool in East­field

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