OXFORD MAIL Newspaper Article 8th August 2012

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CHARITY MATTERS: Swan swimathon is a stroke of genius

CHILDREN and parents made a splash to raise cash at a fundraising event in Oxford.

  A “water babies” swimathon at Westminster Sports Centre, North Hinksey, raised money for the charity SWAN, which stands for Syndromes Without A Name.

  And little Isabella Gardiner, who is helped by the group, was there. The two-year-old, from Carterton, suffers from an undiagnosed genetic condition which means she can’t walk, talk or grip. Her  mum Tracey Gardiner said: “We love our time in the pool with water babies. It’s Isabella’s ‘normal time’.

“Her genetic condition is not apparent and our teacher is great at showing us how to adapt activities in each class.”

Proceeds from the week of activities will be presented to Tracey and Isabella in the next few weeks.

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