Posted on : May 29, 2014 at - 5:02 pm by The Big Birthday Appeal

Children from across Manchester donned their goggles to help others at the Big Birthday Appeal annual kids’ swimathon on Sunday, raising over £3000 for charity.

The event was held at the Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel in Hale in aid of the Big Birthday Appeal which fundraises for The Fed’s Project Smile to provide vital respite care for local Jewish children with special needs. The swimmers were aged from four to 13, with each swimming at their own pace while being cheered on by their parents. All the swimmers received a special certificate congratulating them on the number of lengths completed, together with a goody bag.

12-year-old Annie Stedman, a pupil at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, swam along with several of her close friends in memory of her younger brother James who would have been 11 on Sunday. The money raised by Annie, which tops £1800, will be split between The Fed’s Project Smile and the Anthony Nolan Trust.

She said; “It was a very special feeling to be swimming in James’ honour to raise money for charity, especially as I had my best friends doing lengths alongside me. Donations have been pouring in and I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by people’s generosity and support.  The Big Birthday swimathon is a brilliant opportunity for kids to do their bit to help others while having a really fun morning; I’m so proud I was able to use this day to do something positive that will improve the lives of so many.”

Suzy Glaskie, co-founder of the Big Birthday Appeal, said: “This year’s swimathon was a huge success and it was fantastic to see such a broad range of children of all different ages and from across Manchester in the pool together.  Every single one of them swam their hearts out and left beaming at what they’d achieved.”


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