March schoolboy gets ready for swimming challenge

A March schoolboy will be raising money for charity by completing a sponsored swim on Friday.

Nine-year-old Harry Copeman is attempting to swim five miles in aid of international charity Meningitis Research Foundation.

Harry, a pupil at Westwood Junior School and a keen member of March Marlins Swimming Club, has chosen to support the charity as he contracted pneumococcal meningitis in 2005 aged just three months, which led to him spending three weeks in hospital.

Parents Chris and Sadie, both 36, said: “Since Harry beat the illness, we have completed a number of events raising money for Meningitis Research Foundation as a thank you for the support we were given whilst he was ill.

“Harry has now decided that he wants to do something to raise money for others that have suffered from this illness.”

He will be supported by his sister Libby, friends and family members, at New Vision Fitness, and hopes to complete the distance, equivalent to 320 lengths, in around four hours.

Anyone wishing to come and support Harry is more than welcome.

Christopher Head, Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “We are extremely grateful to Harry and his family for taking the time to organise the fun day in aid of MRF.”