Neil Jones, a swimmer at Seahorse Swimming Club, is undertaking a challenging swim at Crewe’s Lifestyle Centre to raise funds for the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Neil, who has a learning disability, has set himself a target of swimming 10 miles which started in mid-July. His marathon swim takes place during his weekly swimming sessions at Seahorse.
Neil, aged 41 years was introduced to Seahorse SC (for people with disabilities) over 35 years ago by his late grandparents George and Margaret Jones who helped out behind the scenes at the Club.
The Terrence Higgins Trust campaigns and provides services relating to HIV and sexual health. In particular, the charity aims to end the transmission of HIV in the UK, to support and empower people living with HIV, to eradicate stigma and discrimination around HIV and to promote good sexual health (including safe sex). The Trust is generally considered the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity and the largest in Europe.
“The Terrance Higgins Trust is quite close to Neil’s heart. He loves music and is a fan of the rock band ‘Queen’ and in particular, Freddie Mercury, who sadly died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.
Neil enjoys a challenge and regularly competes for the Seahorse SC at regional and national level. He has put a great deal of effort into this swim and has been encouraged all the way by Seahorse volunteer Debbie Murray, who tick’s off each length of the pool he swims during his swimming sessions. He is hoping to complete his swim in the next few weeks.” – Gareth Roberts (Seahorse Secretary)
Anyone wishing to sponsor Neil can phone Gareth on 01270 629958 or visit Seahorse’s swimming sessions at the Lifestyle Centre on Thursday evenings.