Disabled Crewe swimmer Jamie Hinde, has set himself a challenge with a 50 mile swim at Crewe pool to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, which provides a “home-away-from-home” so parents or carers can stay close to their critically ill children, at little or no cost.
The RMH is close to Jamie and his family as they stayed there when Jamie’s nephew Jimmie Ollier, spent time at the hospital as a youngster. Sadly, Jimmy died of a rare heart disease, aged 12 years and Jamie and his family have raised hundreds of pounds for the charity in memory of Jimmie.
Jamie’s marathon swim began in February, during one of his Thursday evening swimming sessions with Seahorse, which caters for people with disabilities. He has set himself a target of swimming at least one mile per week, with the aim of completing his challenge in early 2016.
Jamie, 44, has been a member of Seahorse for over 20 years and has represented the Club in swimming galas at regional and national level. He has no use in his right arm and is registered blind due to his poor vision and he also has hearing loss.
Jamie's aim is to complete the 50 mile swim in 12 months to coincide with Seahorse celebrating 60 years, since its formation in 1956.
"Raising funds for such a worthwhile cause is a great idea. Despite his disabilities, there is no stopping Jamie in the pool. He swims non-stop every week and has plenty of determination. In the past he has raised funds for the Charity with donations he has received for vegetables he grows on his allotment." - Gareth Roberts, Secretary, Seahorse Swimming Club.
The RMH is an independent Charity and relies totally on public donations. If anyone would like to sponsor Jamie they can donate by visiting Crewe Baths during Seahorse's swimming session on Thursday's (6pm - 7pm) or online at: Virgin Money Giving | Fundraising | Jamie Hinde's fundraising page
Picture - Jamie Hinde