Hannah completes 52-mile swim for hospice in memory of partner's mum
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 November 2018
A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.
Hannah Martin, aged 24, swam an incredible 3,348 lengths of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre’s 25-metre pool between March and October.
The distance equates to 52 miles – a figure Hannah was keen to reach as it matches the age of Lisa Osborne who Hannah was swimming in memory of.
Lisa is the mother of Hannah’s partner Josh Osborne who died in the care of Weston Hospicecare at the age of 52, after a five-year fight against breast cancer.
The dates of Hannah’s challenge were selected to honour Lisa too – she started the challenge on the anniversary of Lisa’s death on March 11 and finished on October 22, which would have been Lisa’s birthday.
Hannah, of Spring Hill, raised £744.47 for the hospice, including a £100 donation of her own, and says it was knowing she was supporting a charity which had cared for Lisa in her final days which had spurred her on when the going got tough.
She said: “The whole point of a challenge is for it to test you, therefore I wanted to create a challenge which wouldn’t be easy, wouldn’t take just one day’s commitment – therefore I set myself the challenge to swim 52 miles.
“I thought doing this challenge would help me feel closer to Lisa and make my family proud while also raising money for Weston Hospicecare.
“I saw first-hand that Weston Hospicecare gives great care to its patients and support the family throughout the whole process of a loved one having cancer and feel that support is so important to every family.
“On certain days, if I was struggling to hit my target, I would remember that I was doing it for the hospice and doing it for Lisa, and that kept me going.”
Lisa says she was thrilled by the support and generosity of partner Josh, her friends and family, and the customers of her parents’ Pet Mania shop in Worle. Her family turned out en masse for the final leg of her swim and put up congratulatory banners at the poolside to celebrate her huge achievement.
Although Hannah’s challenge is over, people can still donate to the cause in recognition of her efforts at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/swimforlisa