On the 26th August Fynlee Hateley, aged 13 took on a fantastic 2.5 mile swimathon to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). Fynlee completed the 200 length charity swim in one hour 43 minutes at the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Tamworth, where he and his family are members. Breaking his initial fundraising target and raising over £1000 for Parkinson’s research and in memory of his Grandmother who lived with Parkinson’s Fynlee said:

“I wanted to do something that would raise a lot of money for a charity I care about, and as my nan had Parkinson’s, I decided that The Cure Parkinson’s Trust would be perfect. I would like to thank everyone for donating and for supporting my swim and am proud to be handing over such a great amount.”

Fynlee has Dyspraxia, a developmental co-ordination disorder, meaning he finds sports quite challenging. Swimming is something Fynlee enjoys and is good at, so he decided to set himself the challenge of a sponsored swim. In honour of his fundraising efforts, Fynlee was made ‘Member of the Month’ at the Bannatyne Health Club. Mark Reynolds, General Manager at Bannatyne Tamworth Health Club & Spa said:

“Fynlee is an inspiration and has overcome personal barriers to do something amazing for a fantastic cause. It was an honour to name Fynlee as our ‘Member of the Month’ and I hope that he continues to succeed in his fundraising efforts in the future.”

Pictured above: Fynlee with Mark Reynolds, General Manager at Bannatyne Tamworth Health Club & Spa 

Pictured above: Fynlee meeting CPT's Dr Simon Stott and trustee's Dr Peter Fletcher and Lyndsey Isaacs

Thank you Fynlee on behalf of everyone at CPT, for your amazing fundraising efforts! To read more of Fynlee’s story or to support his fundraising please visit his fundraising page.