Andrea Burnand, from Huddersfield, is currently taking part in an 8 week intensive training programme to prepare for a charity boxing match on the 14th May and is raising funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport.
Andrea’s daughter, Maisie, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a few months old. She has left sided paralysis, epilepsy, speech and language difficulties and also mental health issues. Her development has been impaired but she has struggled on and found a lot of enjoyment swimming and has regularly taken part in Cerebral Palsy Sport swimming events.
Maisie qualified to compete at an international level last year but sadly has not been in the best of health since. She returned to swimming this year and won a silver medal at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships which took place on the 3rd April.
When talking about her motivation to take part and raise money Andrea said; “My daughter has benefited enormously from being involved in swimming. It has given her some confidence and self esteem which she finds so hard to achieve elsewhere. She attends a mainstream school with a statement but is often bullied by girls her own age. CP Sport gave her a lifeline and an interest in becoming a disabled swimming coach in the future too.”
The boxing match is being organised by Pink Collar Boxing and is taking place on 14th May – if you’d like to sponsor Andrea then you can do so on her JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/Andrea-Burnand