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Skelmersdale swimmers raise over £5,000 for genetic charity

Funds will go towards Joseph's Goal, inspired by Joseph Kendrick

Swimming coach Steph Andrews with the swimmers who took part in the event for Joseph's Goal

Swimmers who took part in a swimathon for a little boy with a debilitating genetic condition have raised over £5,000.

The “Swim With Steph” annual charity event held at the Nye Bevan Pool, Skelmersdale, was in aid of Joseph Kendrick’s charity, Joseph’s Goal, which aims to raise funds for research into NKH, a very rare life-limiting genetic disorder from which Joseph suffers.

The charity’s goal is to find better treatments and, eventually, a cure.

Organiser and swimming coach Stephanie Andrews said: “All the children and their sponsors have been unbelievably generous and supportive as we set ourselves a demanding target of £5,000. We have beaten it and so achieved our goal and Joseph’s Goal.

“Everyone got really involved and 38 swimmers completed 4000 lengths which is over 62 miles. In addition all the other children in swimming lessons have contributed by buying wristbands. I am so incredibly proud of them all.”

Joseph’s mum Emma said: “I’d like to thank everyone for all their efforts in raising such a phenomenal amount.

“It is an amazing figure.”

Joseph is from Wigan but his grandad, Norman Kendrick, was assistant headteacher at Glenburn for more than 30 years and many people from Skelmersdale have offered their help to Joseph’s cause.

The five-year-old can’t walk or talk but has so far overcome doctors predictions and his family are incredibly proud of his progress.