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Weʼre raising £15,000 to prepare, film and edit Thalidomide Victim Gary Skyner who is swimming Loch Ness as part of the feature documentary '60 Years On'

Liverpool, UK

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With a little help from his friend Ricky Tomlinson, Thalidomide victim Gary Skyner is swimming Loch Ness despite severe disability brought on by the drug Thalidomide.

Click to See Gary and Ricky on Granada Reports

Gary's Loch Ness swim is another example of how Thalidomide victims have shown amazing courage and determination over the years, despite limb limiting deformity. The money will help us celebrate 60 years of Thalidomide victim survival, by creating a feature length documentary that gives the victims a voice and celebrates their incredible contribution to society. The Loch Ness swim forms part of that documentary, it is not only courageous but a difficult and dangerous task. Help Gary Skyner swim Loch Ness. Help us celebrate 60 years of Thalidomide survival. Help us make sure the Thalidomide baby tragedy will never be forgotten.

The Thalidomide babies had a savage and life-limiting curse bestowed upon them in the late fifties through the mid-sixties, their cruel birth defects, not the result of genetics or reckless pregnancies, but handed to them by a drug that was not tested properly and rushed to market, a 'wonder drug’ given to their mothers to combat morning sickness. Sixty years later, the remaining babies are entering their retirement years without hearing an apology or receiving a penny of compensation from the company responsible for the drug’s manufacture. Some were born with partial limbs, some were born without limbs, an estimated 123,000 died at birth or shortly afterwards, but each survivor has had to overcome incredible and expensive obstacles in an attempt to live fulfilling lives.

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    • richard wilsdon

      richard wilsdon

      Aug 6, 2018

      Donation as promised to Ricky for the wedding video. Best of luck with the project from us all. Thanks so much. Rich and


    • shirley hickey

      shirley hickey

      Jul 8, 2018

      Your amazing Gary , can’t wait to see the Documentary, good luck with the project Ricky xx


    • Sally Stevens

      Sally Stevens

      Jun 28, 2018

      Good luck with the swim, and thanks for raising awareness.Fellow Thalidamider.


    • Katrina  Gardner

      Katrina Gardner

      Jun 27, 2018

      I wish you lots of luck and I know you have the determination to succeed xxx



      Jun 13, 2018

      Hi think you need a bit to company on the swim I'm here for you


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      Jun 12, 2018

      No man has done more for the cause Gary, All the best mi amigo.JR


    • Mark Greensmith

      Mark Greensmith

      Jun 10, 2018

      Hi Ricky, All the very best of luck with the documentary, what a great subject, I’ve not met Gary but know of him. An inspiration to us all.....Make it happen,


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    Gary Skyner

    Gary Skyner

    Liverpool, UK

    As one of the first children in the UK to be born physically damaged by the drug Thalidomide. Gary's life was destined to be challenging. Expected not to live, let alone to achieve much, but Gary is living proof that there is nothing you cannot achieve if you believe you can.

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