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"I am a meningitis survivor and still have ongoing problems with my leg at the moment. I attend hydrotherapy weekly and I love to swim! Swimming is important to me because even though it is a skill that everyone should learn, it's also a great way to exercise. It helps me to relieve some of the pressures that other types of exercises have on my muscles."
"I am excited about Meningitis Now's new fundraising challenge, Splash Now, and have signed up with my friends. It's fun, it's challenging and who doesn't like making a bit of a splash!"
"Grab your swimming costume and make a difference; make a Splash to raise some cash for Meningitis Now."
It was Thomas' own idea to do Splash Now for Meningitis Now - inspired by the memory of his uncle, who died from the disease more than 30 years ago.
Mum Kerry told us that six-year-old Thomas, from Suffolk, was very clued up on what he wanted to do and this included picking Meningitis Now as his charity to raise money for. He completed his challenge by swimming 60 lengths in April and raised an amazing £200 for us. Thank you Thomas - we think you are splashtastic!
Rosie and Eloise
Rosie (aged 4) and Eloise (aged 2) are very excited to be supporting the Splash Now campaign. When their mummy asked them what they would like to do to help raise awareness and fundraising, Rosie said, "We could do lots of splashing in the sea together, our friends could play with us in our paddling pool and I could join in at my swimming lesson." Eloise said, "My do lots of splash-splash in the bath and my sing songs!" Their mummy has promised to share photos and videos of their splashing during the campaign, so please keep your eye out for all of their splashing fun!
This campaign is very close to the hearts of Rosie and Eloise's mummy and daddy as it has been inspired by their beautiful goddaughter Clara. Clara very sadly lost her life to meningitis at just 10 months old and would have turned 10 years old later this year. Rosie and Eloise didn't get the chance to meet Clara but the family love looking at photos of her and Rosie mentions Clara every time she sees a rainbow. Clara lost her battle with meningitis but she will forever live on in the hearts of those who love her.
I love swimming because it’s a great way to have fun with your friends. It has also been great to get on the GB team for the World Championships and break a world record recently. Splash Now is great way to raise money, have fun and help Meningitis Now who have helped both me and my family on our journey and success.