A DOTING auntie will brave the cold waters at Pugneys this weekend to raise money for charity.
Becky Douglas, 18, of Chantry Road, Wakefield, will take part in Jane Tomlinson’s Swim For All on Sunday, to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s gene therapy arm.
She was inspired to take the plunge by her 11-year-old nephew Kyle Douglas, who has the life-threatening genetic condition.
Cystic fibrosis clogs the lungs and digestive system with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food, meaning Kyle is prone to infection and spends a lot of time in hospital.
Miss Douglas, who has been sponsored by her employers at The Cupcake Shop on Wakefield Road, said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I wanted to push myself to the limit because Kyle goes through so much and is so brave, so I need to be too.
Kyle, who is a pupil at Cathedral School, was diagnosed when he was three.
He has to take 25 medicines a day, and has three nebulisers. He also has to have physiotherapy twice a day and visit hospital every four weeks, but has still managed to achieve his yellow belt in karate.
His mum Hayley Hurdus, 26, of Waterton Road, Lupset, said: “I’m so proud of how he deals with it.
“To look at him you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with him, but people don’t realise what he has to go through behind closed doors. Hopefully Becky’s swim will help raise awareness of the illness.”
More than 1,000 swimmers of all abilities are expected to take part in the event in memory of mum-of-three and inspirational fundraiser Jane Tomlinson from Rothwell.
She was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer in 2000 and given six months to live.
But she battled on for seven years to raise almost £2m for charity with a series of challenges including a 6,781km bike ride across America.
Swim For All was launched by her daughters Suzanne and Rebecca, and husband Mike back in March.
The event will comprise an open 500m and 1,500m swim and a 500m junior swim for 12 to 17-year-olds.
To sponsor Miss Douglas call 0774 6657023.