Club gets in the swim for little Terri

TERRI Calvesbert has touched the lives of so many people.From the four corners of the world people have joined together to raise money for the remarkable youngster by taking part in a worldwide sponsored swim.

TERRI Calvesbert has touched the lives of so many people.

From the four corners of the world people have joined together to raise money for the remarkable youngster by taking part in a worldwide sponsored swim.

Ipswich swimmers were not about to be left out and have managed to raise more than £1,000 towards the Terri Calvesbert Appeal.

The swim was set up by London businessman Robert Mather when he watched a programme about Terri's life called Real Life: Being Terri.


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More than 70 members of Ipswich swimming club took part in the event, raising a total of £1,300 for the appeal and no one was more pleased than Terri's dad.

Paul Calvesbert said: “It's quite remarkable really. Even locally I'm surprised at the response - 70 per cent of the people involved across the world had never heard about Terri before this.

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“The whole event went really well.”

Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering was on hand to present Mr Calvesbert with Ipswich Swimming Club's contribution.

She said: “Unfortunately I couldn't take part as I was away at the European Championships.

“I think it's incredible how much has been raised when you think about the number of sponsor forms that go out from different children at school. Terri is such an amazing girl, she has a great spirit and personality and you just can't help getting caught up in it.”

It was also an achievement for the club with the figure the largest amount raised by it in a sponsored event.

Margaret Rhodes, club secretary, said: “The swim was definitely more personal here, we had to get involved. It's a fantastic amount to have raised. We are really pleased.”

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