Penguin kids do a sponsored swim

Jack Cooper and Jasmin Williams (both penguins) are hoping to do a sponsored swim on July 8th to raise money for the Oliver King Foundation and Marie Curie. Jack is hoping to swim 100 lengths and Jasmin is hoping to swim 3KM. The Oliver King Foundation was set up in memory of a young boy who died from SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome). Between 12 and 19 young people are lost each week to SADS. The Oliver King Foundation has 3 main aims; to raise awareness of SADS; to install defibrillators in all schools and sports centres and provide the relevant training for staff; to introduce a screening programme for all young people aged between 12 and 35. By sponsoring the swimmers you can help the foundation to achieve their goals and help keep Olivers memory alive. Your help, no matter how small will will be greatly appreciated. If yo would like to sponser them please contact Jack’s mum via this link Many thanks for your...

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As you know the Liverpool swim community is close knit family, with its healthy competition .

As you know the Liverpool swim community is close knit family, with its healthy competition . It was tragic news to hear of a young local mum and swimmer died last year.  Sharron Dixon ( Marina’s cousin and a Penguin herself as a child)  will be swimming the Great North Swim , in memory of Kelly and doing her best to raise money for the charity. Kelly’s story is similar to most people who have the misfortune to get this terrible cancer. She had a pain in her side and went to the doctors who diagnosed a rib injury. A subsequent visit changed the diagnosis to a muscle strain until she woke up one morning with severe jaundice, and admitted to hospital immediately. Even at this stage no-one thought it could be anything too serious and several days later were told the devastating news it was Cholangiocarcinoma Cancer (CC), it was a complete shock. Kelly was diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma in the end of June it was soon realised it was a horrible disease that in most cases is only discovered when it is in its latter stages (as in Kelly’s case). This cancer results in more deaths in the UK than cervical cancer, but is under researched. Recently, this cancer is being looked into with a view to being able to gain early detection, which, would result in a far better outcome and our chosen charity is at the forefront of this. Cholangicarcinoma – is a form of cancer and appeared to have a very poor survival rate. The following 5 months can only be described a rollercoaster. Knowing that an operation was the only real chance of prolonged survival and initially being told an operation was not possible, to then being told it was, and ultimately being told the cancer had spread and therefore the operation was no longer an option. Even the hope of chemotherapy diminished as Kelly was too weak to start it. It is a testament to Kelly’s strength, courage and determination that she ultimately went on to have several chemotherapy sessions until she passed away in December 2011. She was an unbelievable person that touched the lives of so many, even those she only met fleetingly. Adored mum to Emily 11 and Ben 8. The children were her life. A wife, loving daughter, and sister. She was also an incredibly loyal and kind friend it was a massive loss to all those who knew her. The most shocking statistic which was posted earlier this month on the AMMF website ( was that only 5% of people diagnosed with CC survive a year or longer. This is a shocking statistic confirming the lack of research...

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