Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Bowern School splash out to fundraise for Meningitis Now

Andy Hopkinson | 30th August 2019

This August, Bowern Swim School took on Splash Now for us

Bowern School fundraise for Meningitis Now with Splash Now

The swim school, based in Walsall, organised a Splash Now event to celebrate local ‘splasher’ Tommy, and swim school owner Lisa’s son, who both contracted meningitis at a young age. While Lisa’s son, who contracted the disease at 18 months old, recovered fully, Tommy was left with multiple limb loss.

Lisa said, “As Tommy’s instructor and friend, I appreciate how hard life can be after this awful disease, so I wanted to raise money to support other people who have gone through a similar experience." 

“While my son made a full recovery, I appreciate that not everyone is as lucky, and the money raised will make a difference.” 

Eight lengths unaided

When Tommy contracted MenB in 2012, he was given a 5 per cent chance of survival, but during Bowern’s Splash Now, the 7-year-old swam an amazing eight lengths completely unaided. 

Tommy was joined in the pool by his sister Jorgie and fellow Bowern Swim School pupils, who varied in age and ability.

Lisa added that she had thoroughly enjoyed organising the sponsored swim. Her favourite part had been “being able to watch all my swimmers beat their personal best. Collectively within an hour, they swam over eight miles, which is amazing!”

Kat Hollywell, Meningitis Now’s Community Fundraising Assistant, said that she was astounded with how well Splash Now was going. “A massive thank you to Bowern Swim School, who did an amazing job with their sponsored swim."

“We hope that others will follow in their footsteps and join us from 21 October in celebrating Splash Week and spreading the message of ‘Don’t wait for the rash’.”

For more information, visit our Splash Now page.

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