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Splash hit as Rosanna swim brings in £3,000

Rosanna Ogden, four with Olympic Gold medalist Rebecca Adlington during her visit to Chorley for the British Heart Foundation

Rosanna Ogden, four with Olympic Gold medalist Rebecca Adlington during her visit to Chorley for the British Heart Foundation

  • by Oliver Smith
 

People of all ages made a real splash at the weekend as they took to the water for Rosanna Ogden’s charity swimming event.

Held at David Lloyd Leisure Centre, more than 200 people swam lengths of a pool to raise money for charity.

The day was hailed “fantastic” by Rosanna’s mum Sanam.

Olympian and two-time gold medallist Rebecca Adlington attended the event and posed for pictures with Rosanna, helping to raise more than £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

Rosanna, four, who is from Adlington, is a swimming

sensation.

She was advised to swim after she had open heart surgery aged just six weeks after a tumour was found on her heart.

Doctors felt swimming would help Rosanna’s recovery and the remainder of the tumour would shrink as she grew bigger.

Since, the surgery, Rosanna has been like the little mermaid in the pool and has claimed many swimming accolades.

She has helped to raise more than £500,000 for the British Heart Foundation through the Little Hearts organisation .

At the swimming event, people from all ends of the country travelled to take part to swim lengths of the David Lloyd pool.

Open water swimmer Ian Johnson travelled from London to take part while 14 swimmers from Pioneer who are based in Accrington.

Rosanna’s coach Ben Hamlett also took to the pool as well as the Chorley Ladies football team.

Entertainment was provided by the Monkey Men who played for three hours all at no cost and the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and his wife Margaret also attended the popular day.

Sanam said: “It was a fantastic day, we met Rebecca Adlington in the morning of the event.

“She was very happy to see Rosanna and spoke to us about Rosanna’s swimming life, she gave us some advice and wished us good luck for the future.

“Chorley’s Mayor and Mayoress, were very kind to us and our guests. During the swimming, the Mayor stood next to the pool in the cold and whoever finished swimming he was on hand giving them a medal and posed for pictures.”

 

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