Eleanor Francis and Vanessa Marley-Harris are two ordinary people with extraordinary hearts. Last year, after Eleanor’s poorly son, Alfie Nichols, aged five, had his wishes granted by the charity, the two friends participated in and completed a physically draining outdoor swim in aid of “When You Wish Upon A Star”.

This year, they intend to take part in yet another fundraising event in the hopes of making the dreams of poorly youngsters come true. This time, they will be attempting to overcome the Great North Swim at Lake Windermere as well as the the Great Manchester Swim at Salford Quays.


“Until you know a poorly child I think you can be oblivious to how many of them there are. When we went to Lapland it made me realise how many children are unwell like Alfie and how much the charity makes their lives better. The swim last year was freezing cold and tiring but it was worth it to raise money to make dreams come true for children like Alfie,” said Eleanor, the 31 year old mother who works at Cambridge Park Academy as a teaching assistant.

Eleanor and Vanessa met just last year when they were working together at Cambridge Park. Since then, they started swimming together at Grimsby Leisure Centre. The Great North Swim that they conquered together last year helped to raise £530. It might not be a huge sum to some, but to these poorly children, it means the world to them. “We’re hoping to raise just as much money this year and if we could collect a bit more that would be fantastic. When You Wish Upon A Star is such a brilliant cause and we wanted to do something that would challenge us and raise money at the same time,” said Vanessa, the 53 year old care officer. The full article can be found here.

This article showcases two advantages of learning to swim. Firstly, you will be able to discover others who share the same hobby and could potentially become swim buddies with them just like how Eleanor and Vanessa did. Secondly, you would be able to put your swim skills to good use by taking part in fundraiser events. This could be a great help to those who are in need of the money, just like Alfie, a poorly child. At the end of the day, swimming is a life skill that can provide you with advantages that even you are unaware of. To sign up for swimming lessons in Singapore, check out Happy Fish Swim School’s website. We offer different types of classes to cater to the needs of every Singaporean.