A swimathon to raise money for a little boy with a debilitating genetic condition has taken place at Nye Bevan Pool.
The swimathon was organised for 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.
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.
Joseph, five, cannot walk or talk but he has so far overcome all the doctor’s predictions and his whole family is remarkably proud of his progress so far.
Norman said: “Joseph is an amazing little boy and we’re so proud of him.
“We’re really thankful to the event organisers for hosting the event which will hopefully raise a lot of money for Joseph’s Goal.”
The swimathon took place last Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm.
On the day, 21 swimmers donned their costumes and joined swimming instructor Stephanie Andrews for the fundraising effort.
All the swimmers are taught by Stephanie on Saturday mornings at the pool.
The children swam more than 2,700 lengths of the pool, which is 42 miles. A further 19 swimmers will also take part in the same event next week and will hopefully swim a similar distance.
Stephanie said: "The kids were fantastic and we are trying to beat last year's fund raising effort which raised £2,700 for Marie Curie.
“The highlight of the day was Joseph's appearance which inspired all the children to beat their targets.”