Jan takes on swimming challenge for the Foundation

04 July 2014

Jan Airlie

An Alan Shearer Foundation supporter who could barely doggy paddle nine months ago has now raised over £370 for the charity by completing the Great North Swim.

After battling cancer, weight issues and even being unable to make it to the other end of the pool, Jan Airlie, took on another personal challenge - to swim a mile in Lake Windermere in aid of children with disabilities.

A former nanny and now a full time carer for her mum, Jan made it her goal to do the swim last month after taking up the sport following a referral by her GP to the Why Weight programme and shedding five stones in a year.

Jan, who is 52 and lives at Chapel Park near the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle, said: "I wanted to raise money for a local charity that supports kids and doesn't have huge administration costs."

She presented her £372 sponsorship money to the Foundation's Nicola Milne this week as they toured the specialist facilities for disabled children and adults which her donation will be helping to maintain.

"I was aware that the Centre was here and heard about all the great things it does for people with disabilities which is why I chose to support its services with my donation," said Jan.

Nicola added: "It's particularly pleasing for the Centre to receive the rewards from personal efforts like Jan's. She should be very proud of these endeavours. We are immensely grateful to her and everyone who sponsored her challenge."