Andrea – My Fundraising Story

Andrea Burnand, from Huddersfield, decided she wanted to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with cerebral palsy.

She undertook an 8 week intensive training programme to prepare for a charity boxing match on the 14th May 2016 to raise funds for Cerebral Palsy Sport and was inspired by her daughter’s swimming with the charity.

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 in 2015 but sadly has not been in the best of health since. She returned to swimming in 2016 and won a silver medal at the Cerebral Palsy Sport National Swimming Championships which took place on the 3rd April 2016

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 was organised by Pink Collar Boxing and Andrea had an incredible time raising funds for us.