Lewis, a swimmer for Great Britain and Sheffield, was inspired to support our charity after his mum was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in June 2012. His mum’s initial chemotherapy was unsuccessful, and she was entered onto a clinical drugs trial before undergoing a bone marrow transplant in 2013.
He gathered Britain’s finest swimmers to come together in a star-studded line-up, which included Olympic and Commonwealth swimmers such as Becky Adlington, Michael Jamieson, Fran Halsall and Karen Pickering. They each swam 100m to smash the Guinness World Records 100 x 100m swimming relay title in front of a packed crowd, and raise over £28,000, and counting, for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Not only did Lewis, 21, organise an amazing event packed with masses of excitement, celebrity swimmers, and a record attempt, but
Extensive media coverage before, during and after the event also ensured maximum publicity and opportunities to raise awareness. You can see the media highlights here.
Lewis’ 10 year old brother, Oliver led the relay with Lewis swimming the final leg and dedicating the event to his mum who was present. The last few swimmers saw the cheers grow, as 8 minutes had been taken off the previous record to set a new record of 1h 29mins and 3 seconds.
Photo credit: Simon Wright
It was a truly inspiring event, and a huge thank you must go to all the swimmers, volunteers, Speedo, and of course Lewis, Oliver, Mags and Joe.
It was a day that all those present will never forget.
You can still support Lewis and his fundraising efforts by visiting his justgiving page.