Little water baby Abhi is top earner for Tommy’s

Abhi Shah took part in a splashathon and raised �700 for Tommy's the baby charity. with his mum Shruti Shah

Abhi Shah took part in a splashathon and raised �700 for Tommy's the baby charity. with his mum Shruti Shah

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Little Abhi Shah proved to be a real water baby when he raised £700 by taking part in a splashathon.

The eight-month old from Kettlethorpe raised the most in the region for baby charity Tommy’s, with the help of his parents Shruti and Dhaval.

Abhi Shah took part in a splashathon and raised �700 for Tommy's the baby charity. with his mum Shruti Shah

Abhi Shah took part in a splashathon and raised �700 for Tommy's the baby charity. with his mum Shruti Shah

They took the plunge at one of the charity’s Splashathon events organised by Water Babies during the summer, which raised £466,000 nationally.

Abhi had to do a sponsored ‘surfboard’ float race at Total Fitness in Ossett, where he has regular lessons.

Mrs Shah, 28, of Woodmoor Road, said: “It was quite an emotional moment when we completed the challenge. We were personally motivated to fundraise as the cause that Tommy’s charity raises money for is something that affects millions of people around the world.

“We only had to do a length or two of the pool and the hardest thing was keeping him on the float and trying to stop him from eating it.”

The family raised the money with the help of family, friends and Facebook.

Mrs Shah added: “Everyone was really supportive and generous. We can’t thank them enough. We’re really proud of Abhi’s achievement.”

Arran MacDonald who runs Water Babies swimming lessons locally with his partner Janice, said: “The bi-annual Splashathons are always so much fun. We challenged our little ones to do things like surf board races, lilo races and beach volleyball with a beach ball.

“I cannot put in to words how proud we are of Abhi for raising such a fantastic amount. We want to thank everyone involved, including all the mums, dads and family friends that sponsored their little ones. We couldn’t be happier to raise money for such an important cause.

“With one in four women still tragically losing a baby in pregnancy or birth, chances are that we all know someone who’s experienced loss.

“It is terrible that these figures are so high, so any help that we and our little swimmers could give to aid this cause was absolutely crucial.”

Tommy’s funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage and provides information and advice for parents-to-be.

This year youngsters could compete at official Water Babies pools, other participating local pools or even at home in the bath, paddling pool or under the hose pipe.

For more information about the charity visit www.tommys.org or to sponsor Abhi, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/abhi