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£775raised of £1,200 target by 26 supporters

    Weʼve raised £775 to send Jack Lyons to the DSISO World Swimming Championships in Canada from 19th to 27th July 2018.

    London Borough of Bexley, UK
    Funded on Monday, 20th August 2018

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    Story

    Jack is 15 and a Student at Woodside school in Belvedere where he is studying sports and leisure. Jack has Down Syndrome and has recently been selected as a member of the Down Syndrome Swimming Great Britain (DSS-GB) team who will be heading to the DSISO World Championships in Canada this July.

    We are looking to raise funds to send Jack to Truro in Nova Scotia where he will compete at both junior and senior level in 7 events.

    Jack was 5 when his doctor advised that swimming would be good for his physical development. Jack started at Sharks disability swim club in Mottingham once a week where he spent 4 years learning to swim. At 9 Jack started to swim in club galas and was soon winning medals. In late 2016 Jack was spotted at a local gala by one of the DSS-GB swim coaches who invited him to their next training weekend for a try out.

    Jack was invited to join the squad and immediately set about training to achieve the qualifying times for the 2017 European Championships. Jack achieved his targets within the qualifying period and at 14 was named as the youngest male member of the thirty strong squad who competed in Paris from October 30th till 4th November last year.

    Jack achieved 3 personal best times in Paris and won his 50m freestyle heat and came second in his heat for the 100m freestyle. Paris was a fantastic experience for him and the team were crowned European Champions.

    Jack has more recently competed at a European Open Downs Syndrome swimming competition in Southampton where he won gold in the 25m Freestyle. He is currently 0.16 of a second off the junior European record for the event and is pool training 4 days a week in the hope of bringing medals and records home from Canada in July. Any support to help Jack achieve his goal would be really appreciated.

    Jack also plays football for Charlton 'Upbeats' Down Syndrome football team and to promote the Upbeats charity walk he recently took part in a swimming challenge against two of the Charlton first team players.

    Video of the swim can be seen on the link below

    Jack & Bill V Jake & Josh

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    • Graham Gibson6 months ago
      Graham Gibson

      Graham Gibson

      6 months ago

      We have now raised £1,800 outside of the just giving site

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    • Graham Gibson6 months ago
      Graham Gibson

      Graham Gibson

      6 months ago

      Once again thanks to the many people who are supporting Jack. To date we have received £1,200 in donations outside of the just giving site so have adjusted our target to reflect this.

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    • Graham Gibson7 months ago
      Graham Gibson

      Graham Gibson

      7 months ago

      Thank you to all of you who have supported our fundraising for Jack. We have had a couple of donations outside of just giving and have adjusted our target to reflect these gifts. Thanks again

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    8 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 8/8/2018 1:05 PM

    Supporters

    26

    • Patrice Mulligan

      Patrice Mulligan

      Aug 8, 2018

      Just heard the good news! Well done Jack!

      £20.00

    • Patrice Mulligan

      Patrice Mulligan

      Aug 8, 2018

      Monies raised are from all CFCD people working in the Barnet hub and my Compliance team in North London.

      £50.00

    • Gary Yeates

      Gary Yeates

      Jun 29, 2018

      You gone a long way since I last saw you. Keep going young man. You know anything is possible. Go for it.

      £10.00

    • Frances Bush (friend of Sue)

      Frances Bush (friend of Sue)

      Jun 11, 2018

      Good luck Jack and all the team. We look forward to seeing photos and hearing all about your exciting trip.

      £10.00

    • Claire Whitelock

      Claire Whitelock

      Jun 9, 2018

      Go for it ! And good luck From Gary and Claire

      £30.00

    • Maria Rowe

      Maria Rowe

      Jun 9, 2018

      Good luck Jack. Very proud of you. Love Maria Jim Joe and Tom xx

      £50.00

    • Ccarole Murphy

      Ccarole Murphy

      Jun 4, 2018

      Good Luck from Jack Barham's Nan (Woodside School)

      £20.00

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    Graham Gibson

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    London Borough of Bexley, UK

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